Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought (Rivers) is a non-profit institute for research, publishing and exhibitions of contemporary art. Based in New Orleans, Rivers recognizes art as forms of thought shaped by geographic, social, political, environmental, and economic histories. Rivers commits to research at the confluence of diverse bodies of knowledge and to art informed by diasporic experience and exchange.
Suturing material history and contemporary art practice, archival and curatorial experience, Rivers works in partnership with Amistad Research Center (ARC) to advance contemporary art that makes a study of history. Together they welcome artists from around the world to New Orleans for extended research and study in the development of new work, publications, and exhibitions. Operating at the periphery of a country and its capital, Rivers invests in the knowledge found and materialized in the margins of books and societies, and we work with a global network of partners to share it widely.