Künstlerischer Umbau

The Goethe-Institut’s residency programs exist to provide a "space for new perspectives", wherein artists and cultural workers have the opportunity to live and work in another country and another culture for an extended period of time. Our worldwide programs are not focused on artists alone, but are also open to translators, curators, and scholars. Our goal is to encourage young talents, help get them established in the local cultural scene, and to assist with networking. The Goethe-Institut is a cultural mediator; the aim of its programs and projects is to encourage international cooperation and understanding.

Since 2008, the Goethe-Institut New York has cultivated two residency programs:

MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38

Ludlow 38 is the Goethe-Institut New York’s contemporary art space, made possible with the generous support of MINI. Located on the Lower East Side, it has provided for curatorial experimentation in the tradition of the German “Kunstverein” since 2008. Its mission is to introduce new international perspectives to the downtown art community and to foster dialogue within the aesthetic and sociopolitical context of New York and the United States. Initially programmed by a different Kunstverein every year, the space was relaunched in 2011 as a residency program for young curators from Germany.

MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38
38 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002
Gallery hours: Thursday-Sunday, 1:00-6:00pm

MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38 is presently seeking a

Curatorial Resident (2018)
Located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Ludlow 38 has provided for curatorial experimentation in the tradition of the German “Kunstverein” since 2008. Its mission is to introduce new international perspectives to the downtown art scene and to foster dialogue within the greater aesthetic and political context of New York and the United States.
Ludlow 38 functions as a platform for international exchange, with key input from the annually rotating curatorial residents. In close collaboration with the residency program director, they are expected to program the space with a variety of critical and engaging formats over the course of the year, including organization, installation, and external communication for a total of six exhibitions and related events. The curatorial residents thereby gain experience in the operation of a small art space with a distinctive international profile.
Applicants should have a minimum of five years of curatorial experience in Germany and a clear vision of their own practice as curators. Knowledge of the history of exhibition making and a keen awareness of the social and political context in which curatorial work is presented are crucial, as is a critical understanding of contemporary art. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a significant link between their own curatorial trajectory and the cultural discourse of the last decades in Germany and the United States. The successful candidate is furthermore expected to possess a methodology and curatorial approach that will enable them to establish links between Ludlow 38 and other initiatives at a local and international level during the residency.

Fluency in German and English is expected. Familiarity with social media and other communications instruments is a plus.

In addition to a one-page CV and cover letter, applicants should provide a 1000-word outline of two exhibition and/or project ideas that explore the potential of exhibition making at Ludlow 38 and which they envision implementing during a one-year residency at the space. All materials must be submitted electronically and in English; previous candidates are encouraged to re-apply. Applications will be judged on the basis of work experience, submitted project proposals, as well as the capacity to work with a limited budget and make a focused impact on the competitive and rapidly changing New York art scene.
The position includes a stipend to cover living expenses and health insurance as well as a small remuneration for services provided at the gallery (4200 USD total per month). The Goethe-Institut will support the successful candidate’s application for a J1 exchange visa for the United States.
The final selection will be made by an international jury of three high-profile curators.

No calls, please. Please note that specific queries about the art space including exhibition budget cannot be answered.

Please submit your application to (max. 2MB) by May 26, 2017.

Librarian in Residence

Together with the Bibliothek & Information International (BII), the commission of Bibliothek & Information Deutschland (BID) responsible for international exchange, the Goethe-Institut New York hosts an annual Librarian in Residence program. It is the goal of the program to allow German library professionals the opportunity to meet with American partners and familiarize themselves with innovative projects in the USA during the course of a short residency.