SiTE:LAB is a nomadic all-volunteer arts organization that has organized over 20 temporary site-specific art projects, usually in underutilized downtown buildings in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previous projects have used locations as diverse as an abandoned natural history museum, a nature preserve, vacant commercial buildings, and most recently, a once-grand downtown hotel.
For 2015 and 2016, SiTE:LAB has been presented with a unique opportunity for its most ambitious project to date. Habitat for Humanity of Kent County has offered SiTE:LAB the use of nearly three acres of land in Grand Rapids’ Roosevelt Park neighborhood. The plan is to turn the land and existing structures into a temporary art center and residency until Habitat begins its redevelopment of the properties starting in 2017.
SiTE:LAB’s plans for the Rumsey Street Project focus on large-scale site-specific work done by both local and international artists, responding to the vacant land and structures. An international design competition will also be held to select a plan for a temporary neighborhood gathering place. The locations will also be used for ongoing projects and will be the base for Sitelab’s Artprize 2015 and 2016 exhibitions.
This will be a community based project, working with the City of Grand Rapids, Habitat for Humanity, community partners and local groups as well as local schools and universities. The SiTELAB team is excited to work with, and highlight the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood.
Please see RumseyStProject.Org for more information.
333 Rumsey St. NW Grand Rapids Mi. 49503
Rumsey St. Project 2015 Artists
“Every time I’ve ever seen one of these shows, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen. And I think SiTE:LAB . . . should be in Frieze, Basel, Basel Switzerland, Basel Miami, everyplace. . . . I just think it’s some of the best, most witty and creative, open. Chaotic. In the best sense of the word. They bring the chaos, where new order comes from.”Jerry Saltz
The best venue was called Site:Lab, a takeover of the former Grand Rapids Public Museum that was organized and curated by Paul Amenta. Site:Lab wasn’t just good for Grand Rapids, it was really good for anywhere.Tyler Green