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Announcing the Launch of Black Cube, A Nomadic Contemporary Art Museum

Jul 23 2015

We are proud to announce the launch of a new, nonprofit “nomadic contemporary art museum,” known as Black Cube. The goals of Black Cube are to 1) increase access to contemporary art and 2) artists’ career sustainability. Functioning without a permanent exhibition space, Black Cube is experienced primarily through site-specific pop-up art exhibitions and shops conceived by our artist fellows.

ShippingContainerBlack Cube is an alternative to the traditional ‘white cube’ museum or gallery experience. Through our program of roving pop-up exhibitions, we bring art to unexpected places. These might be unfamiliar spaces like abandoned grocery stores, or common spaces such as a downtown parking lot. These unusual exhibition sites become places of discovery for both the casual passer-by and the attentive art visitor.

Founded by artist and philanthropist, Laura Merage and established by the David and Laura Merage Foundation, the institution upholds the belief that art is an essential part of a vibrant, just, and healthy society.​ All of Black Cube’s programs start with artists’ ideas and the challenge to connect those ideas to new spaces and new audiences.

“The last two decades have seen an amazing diversification of the museum as a place for exhibiting art, telling histories, and facilitating new productions. Black Cube is a new museum model – it’s nomadic and all projects start with a deep commitment to an individual artist by inviting them to expand their practice, and consider engaging new audiences that may not seek out art experiences on their own,” said Cortney L. Stell, Black Cube Executive Director and Chief Curator.

All Black Cube artists will be fellows, participating in the Artist Development Program where they will receive guidance and support for professional development. Artist fellows will each produce a pop-up art exhibition and will create affordable art items (known as Art Objects) that are offered for sale to the public at the pop-up sites and online in the Black Cube Shop.

Black Cube will host its official launch event on October 1 at the Trading Post at Red Rocks featuring its first artist fellow, Desirèe Holman (Oakland, California). Desirèe is internationally known for her multi-sensory work which illuminate ideas of identity, knowledge, and the complexities of the human psyche. This live cinema experience will include a projection on the famous rocks of Red Rocks in conjunction with a live performance.

Desirèe Holman will be joined by Chad Person from Albuquerque, NM, and Derrick Velasquez from Denver, CO to form the first group of Black Cube fellows. This means that in addition to Desiree’s launch event, the public can expect two more pop-up exhibitions in 2015 with museum shops in toe.

Logotype & PhraseAbout Black Cube: Black Cube is a nonprofit, nomadic contemporary art museum. At Black Cube, we see ourselves as an innovative, unconventional organization pursuing the most effective ways to engage new audiences while supporting artists’ sustainability. Without the traditional boundaries of a physical building, Black Cube is experienced primarily through pop-up art experiences and shops conceived by our artist fellows.  Black Cube was founded by artist and philanthropist, Laura Merage. Find out more at our website which is set to launch August 2015: