Contemporary Art Partnerships

From poetry to performance art to painting to theatre to touchable sculpture, the HHT Contemporary Art Partnerships (CAP) program facilitates and supports art installations at our member houses which make it possible to attract new audiences, create innovative and inclusive programming, and celebrate their missions.

The HHT Contempory Art Partnerships program is supported by these organizations:

Current Installations:


Past Installations:

Wishing Well, 2016 by Amanda Long at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
Speak a wish into the well and the words will be translated into a video ripple inside.
Turn the crank to rotate the video. The audio recordings will be collected into a database
within the sculpture. The wishes will be curated and presented on
to extend the artwork beyond the site. HHT Facebook 

Press: Why Wishes Matter-Art 21 Magazine



Queens-based artist Antonia A Perez brought her latest piece, Light Spectrum, to the garden of
Lewis H. Latimer House Museum on April 15, 2017.
Supported by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Light Spectrum drew the viewer’s attention to the science of light and color. The sculpture is composed of repurposed lampshade frames through which natural light is filtered. Covered with a colorful new skin of crocheted plastic, the frames reference their former purpose in shading electric light, now transformed as a means of displaying the rainbow colors of the spectrum. The sculpture was on display from April to August 2017.

In conjunction with the garden exhibit, the Latimer House hosted Wavelength, a reading event inspired by the sculpture. The Queens Writers Lab read pieces that explored the interplay between secret and illuminated spaces and how the unseen is made manifest. In June there was a free crochet workshop that took place inside the museum. Taught by Antonia A Perez, the workshop offered fun hands-on activities for the public, who learned the same technic that the artist used to make the sculpture. The associated public events of Light Spectrum are made possible in part by the Historic House Trust’s Contemporary Art Partnerships program, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Community Trust.

Nina Katchadourian’s Monument to the Unelected at Prospect Park’s Lefferts Historic House is a temporary installation, consisting of 58 signs bearing the names of the losing candidates from every presidential election in American history. It will be on view from November 5 through 13, 2016 on the house’s lawn facing Flatbush Avenue. The installation coincides with this year’s presidential election, and once the results are official, it will eventually include a sign with the name of the loser of the 2016 Presidential Election. The Alliance will present a mock election and programming for youth at the house on Election Day. For more information on this event, please visit
Monument to the Unelected
, Nina Katchadourian, 2008/2012/2016, installation at the Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT. Originally commissioned by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Monument to the Unelected, Nina Katchadourian, 2008/2012/2016, installation at the Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT. Originally commissioned by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Thread Lines was a dynamic artist-in-residency program with Farida Sedoc
at the Wyckoff House Museum, exploring relationships with fabric, fibers,
and textiles through shared cultural heritage between the Netherlands,
the Americas, and the Caribbean. HHT Facebook


by Talia Greene
October 17, 2015 – March 27, 2016
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Contemporary art in historic houses invites thought and encourages perspective. New materials and forms provide an unexpected juxtaposition and site specific art interweaves with and enhances historic interpretation. Many of the Historic House Museums have been facilitating art installations for decades. Below are some of those past exhibitions:

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