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About Creative Time


Creative Time presents the most innovative art in the public realm. From our base in New York City, we work with artists who ignite the imagination and explore ideas that shape society. We initiate a dynamic conversation among artists, sites, and audiences, in projects that enliven public spaces with free and powerful expression.

Creative Time was founded in 1974—a time when artists around the country began to establish alternative arts organizations as a positive response to their frustrations over the limitations of more traditional exhibition venues. Almost immediately Creative Time became an international leader in presenting new works by visual artists, performers, musicians, poets, and choreographers in unlikely, under-explored, and even abandoned public spaces. Working closely with artists of all disciplines, Creative Time brings cultural expression to our urban landscape while introducing the public to cutting-edge contemporary art practices.

For the past 35 years, Creative Time has changed the notion of what public art can be and helped artists approach the City as their canvas and their stage. The roster of artists we have worked with since our inception reads like a “Who’s Who” of innovators in all disciplines of the late 20th Century. Vito Acconci, Doug Aitken, Laurie Anderson, Diller + Scofidio, David Byrne, Paul Chan, Philip Glass, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Cai Guo-Qiang Fischli & Weiss, Spalding Gray, Red Grooms, Hans Haacke, Jim Hodges, Jenny Holzer, Gary Hume, Bill T. Jones, Marilyn Minter, Vik Muniz, Takashi Murakami, Mike Nelson, Shirin Neshat, Nam June Paik, Steve Powers, Martin Puryear, Steve Reich, Alison Saar, Sonic Youth, Kim Sooja, Elizabeth Streb, Thomas Struth, Eve Sussman, and William Wegman are only some of over 1,400 artists and 300 projects Creative Time has had the honor to present.

From very visible, large-scale projects like Doug Aitken sleepwalkers on MoMA, Art on the Beach, Jenny Holzer Xenon Projections on Landmark Buildings, The Dreamland Artist Club in Coney Island, Art in the Anchorage, The 42nd Street Art Project, Tribute in Light, Playing the Building: An Installation by David Byrne, and Light Cycle: Explosion Project for Central Park to the dozens of smaller-scale projects that take place in such public spaces as street corners, subway tunnels, storefronts, bars, billboards, television screens, and cyberspace, our programs provoke and entertain millions of New York City residents and visitors every year.

Creative Time also recently launched its national program with Paul Chan’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, followed by Democracy in America: The National Campaign, which took place throughout the U.S. in 2008.

We work with the belief that art moves society forward and that artists can be a positive catalyst for change. We encourage artists to use their voices to address cultural as well as social issues. We champion the inalienable right to free expression as we promote the fact that artists are legitimate, productive, and valuable contributors to the world at large.

Videos, photographs, podcasts, and more from every project in Creative Time’s 35-year history are available at: www.creativetime.org.

Creative Time Staff
Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director

Shane Brennan
Sarah Burkhart
Brendan Griffiths
Liz Gwinn
Katie Hollander
Meredith Johnson
Gavin Kroeber
Heather Peterson
Cynthia Pringle
Nato Thompson
G. Doulgas Wagner
Nicholas Weist

Creative Time Board
Amanda Weil, Board Chair
Philip E. Aarons
Steven Alden
Lisa Anastos
Peggy Jacobs Bader
Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo
Suzanne Cochran
Beth Rudin DeWoody
Marie Douglas-David
Dana Farouki
Thelma Golden
Anthony Gordon
Michael Gruenglas
Tom Healy
Jim Hodges
Liz Kabler
Martin Kace
Stephen Kramarsky
Patrick Li
Vik Muniz
Shirin Neshat
William S. Susman
Elizabeth S. Swig
Jed Walentas
David Wasserman

Creative Time Interns
Jazmin Garcia
Jessie Chaney
Davi Schoen
Emilie Nilsson

About the New Museum

Founded in 1977, the New Museum is Manhattan's only dedicated contemporary art museum and among the most respected internationally, with a curatorial program known for its global scope and adventurousness. With the inauguration of our new, state-of-the-art building on the Bowery, the New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas.

Visit newmuseum.org for more information.

About the Hammer

Founded by Dr. Armand Hammer in 1990, The Hammer Museum, a public arts unit of the University of California, Los Angeles, is dedicated to exploring the diversity of artistic expression through the ages, recognizing that artists play a crucial role in all aspects of culture and society. The Hammer’s collections, exhibitions, and programs span the classic to the cutting-edge, presenting historical and contemporary art, architecture, and design alongside selections from its permanent collections.

Visit our website for more information.

About the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)

One of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. The MCA boldly interweaves exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational programs to excite, challenge, and illuminate our visitors and to provide insight into the creative process. As a compelling center of contemporary art, the MCA has presented major exhibitions of a number of significant living artists in recent years including Olafur Eliasson, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, Lee Bontecou, Kerry James Marshall, Hiroshi Sugimoto, John Currin, and Gillian Wearing. The MCA aspires to engage a broad and diverse audience, create a sense of community and be a place for contemplation, stimulation, and discussion about contemporary art and culture. Located near the historic Water Tower in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, the MCA features special exhibition spaces, naturally-lit collection galleries, a 300-seat theater, gift store, bookstore, café, and a terraced sculpture garden with a view of Lake Michigan. Visit www.mcachicago.org for more information.