NuMu-USA

LACMA launches Kickstarter to bring Guatemala’s only contemporary art museum to U.S.

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LACMA and Nuevo Museo de Art Contemporáneo have launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring Guatemala's only contemporary art museum to the United States in conjunction with this year's Pacific Standard Time festival of exhibitions. (Courtesy Museum Associates/LACMA)
LACMA and Nuevo Museo de Art Contemporáneo have launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring Guatemala's only contemporary art museum to the United States in conjunction with this year's Pacific Standard Time festival of exhibitions. (Courtesy Museum Associates/LACMA)

The Los Angeles Museum County Museum of Art (LACMA) and Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Guatemala have launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring Guatemala’s first and only contemporary art museum to the United States.

The museum—colloquially known as NuMu—is contained within a five-square-meter egg-shaped pod that can hold up to four people at a time. Jessica Kairé and Stefan Benchoam, the artist-organizers behind the museum, plan to build a mobile replica of the structure that would go on tour through creative communities in Guatemala, Mexico, and the American Southwest. The museum would eventually end its journey at LACMA in Los Angeles in time to join celebrations for the city’s Pacific Standard Time festival of exhibitions due to take place this Fall.

Pacific Standard Time is being organized to strengthen existing connections between Southern California–based artists and art institutions and their peers throughout Central and South America.

The pod will be included in a group exhibition organized by LACMA called “A Universal History of Infamy;” The exhibition will focus on the work of more than 15 artists and collectives that delve into anthropology, theater, and linguistics via their work.

So far, the Kickstarter has garnered over $21,000 in pledges. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to raise $75,000. See the NuMu Kickstarter page for more information.

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