Since its foundation in 1998 by a group of international curators and artists, White Box has been continuously committed to staging original, conceptually driven shows of emerging as well as established artists. Emphasis has also been placed on reintroducing underrepresented and unaffiliated mid-career artists and on theme-curated exhibitions.
Now in its fourteenth year, White Box’s exhibition programme has gained considerable profile within the international arts community and has received significant critical attention. White Box’s annual programmes have included exhibitions geared at cultivating voter registration for those disenchanted with the democratic system today; additionally White Box has engaged surrounding neighborhood low-incoming housing population and it has created public Out-of-the-Box special presentations on billboards, bus stops and public transportation as well as collaborated with other off-site locations such as Bayview, Chelsea’s women’s prison. In addition, to attract and increase its non-art audiences, in 2004 White Box initiated the street-level venue [VideoBox] in which artists and curators can present innovative and engaging short films and videos, offering a bridge to access and engage with contemporary art by facilitating their entrance into White Box’s exhibition spaces.