Shaping the Cultural Legacy of our Generation

Published on 2018-01-17

*Animated GIF via Giphy by Bryan Unger*

Post by Kelani Nichole – Board Member, Development for The Current, and Owner of TRANSFER Gallery

Facilitating research and development with The Current has been a rewarding process – we’ve been looking around at the ways that younger generations of patrons are supporting contemporary art. In NYC alone, there are dozens of non-profit art organizations and museums with young patron programs offering social engagement, access to artworks, and education on emerging studio practice.

The Current is offering something different for patrons – a chance to help shape what this new institution collects. We want to open up access to a larger group of perspectives to decide what comes into the collection, to diversify and strengthen the collection, and build a legacy that speaks to our generation. And because all our works are born-digital, The Current is experimenting with sharing access among our patrons to enjoy the works in a new way.

We’ve lowered the barrier-to-entry so the next generation can get involved. Becoming a member of the collections committee costs $250/quarter (that’s $1000 a year) and for that contribution our members have exclusive access to our salon events four times a year. The salons offer a deeper look at artworks we’re considering for collection, and members get a first-hand experience with all aspects of acquiring and caring for media artworks. It’s a great way for collection-curious young patrons to get insight into the process of buying art and direct access to the studios of leading contemporary artists.

Each salon hosts a vibrant community of interdisciplinary futurists, creators and influencers. A selection of works that examine technology's impact on the human condition is on display, curated by an invited moderator. Members can view the works in person at the salon, and see pricing and acquisition details for the available works. Voting happens via a simple webapp for members attending in person. Anyone can sign-up through Drip – just make your contribution online and come share your perspective.

I hope you’ll consider joining me to help shape this new form of patronage – a more intimate encounter with challenging, boundary-pushing contemporary artworks. Together we can directly support the artists who are shaping our cultural moment through collection and preservation of their works.

📅 Save the Date for our first salon – ’The Current // Identity’ with Nora Khan on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

✅ Join the Collections Committee now on Drip – https://d.rip/thecurrent

🍵 Or simply @ me for a teatime in our SoHo loft to learn more about The Current – @KelaniNichole @CurrentMuseum