Karen Wong

Deputy Dir
The New Museum

Karen Wong is the Deputy Director of the New Museum, NYC where she has helped build it's renowned reputation for entrepreneurial platforms for new art and new ideas. She cofounded the initiatives IDEAS CITY, a residency and conference exploring the future of cities with the belief that art and culture are essential to our metropolises, and NEW INC, the first museum-led incubator for art, technology and design. Both initiatives are models for the intersection of cultural and civic engagement.

As managing director of David Adjaye Associates from 2000-2006 she was a key player in creating the foundation for an international architectural practice. She supports emerging architects in her role as a board member of Plus Pool (a self-cleaning floating public pool proposed for the East River) and a retired board member of Storefront for Art and Architecture.

She sits on the boards of Rhizome, a platform for emergent artistic practices that engage technology and Apex four Youth, a mentoring and education program for underserved Asian, and also serves on the advisory council of National Sawdust, a nonprofit music venue focused on new talent. She graduated from Brown University.

She often writes on culturally impactful projects and wishes she had her own podcast on the NBA.

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