Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018


In this curatorial training program created for teen curators work closely with NLE and a collaborating arts organization to produce their own exhibition modeled after NLE´s site-responsive practice. Student artwork is selected by the participants through submissions from partner organizations, schools, and community-based organizations. Young curators take on a central role in constructing their own vision of a creative space, with the opportunity to exercise collective control over their environment. Student produced exhibitions can take the form of a teen after-school lounge, a white cube gallery-style exhibition of youth art, and even a site-specific installation in a child’s bedroom. Independent thinkers in the Y.Lab program adopt leadership positions, perform effectively as team members, and creatively problem-solve across disciplines by strategically responding to varying demands of audience, task, context and subject-matter. As part of NLE staff, Y.Lab young curators demonstrate well-developed knowledge of exhibition-making through researching and producing, making use of a variety of technical, visual, architectural, mathematical and research tools. 

Past editions include:

Old Bronx Court House (2015); Sugar Hill (2014); Queens (2013)