Last week, we were discussing how to bring a taste of museums into the Uni, cube by cube. Well, this week, flip that, we’re bringing a little Uni into the museum.

Uni at Queens Museum of Artlogo_QMAThe Uni is now on display in the Queens Museum of Art. We’ve deployed a mini-tower and benches as part of the exhibit Arte Útil Lab, giving a sample of what we offer on the street. Museum visitors are encouraged to sit down, browse the books, and read right there in the gallery. (See a fun time lapse of the gallery load-in and more photos.)

We’re honored to be partnering once again with QMA, our host at Corona Plaza in 2012. We’re also excited to experiment with the education department at QMA while the Uni is in house, for example, allowing teen docents to maintain and re-arrange the cubes just like our Uni librarians do in the field.

And don’t worry, QMA will allow us to remove the Uni from time to time—deploying directly from the gallery to the street—so we’ll see you outside just as soon as the weather allows.

Uni in Queens Museum of Art

We're getting a "new" name... Street Lab.

The Uni Project is the work of Street Lab, a nonprofit launched in 2006 in Boston, where we created community-oriented programs for public space. In 2011, we migrated Street Lab to New York City and launched the Uni Project. The Uni began as a single, portable reading room and has since grown into a city-wide initiative offering more than 700 days of pop-up programming in 150+ public spaces across the city. In 2019, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.

For now, details about our programs are available here on the Uni Project web site. Soon, that content will move to Thanks for sticking with us!