Elsewhere is a living museum set in a three-story former thrift store. We're building new futures from old things in Greensboro and across the globe. Come collaborate.


Open Wed - Sat, 1-10pm

606 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27406
South Elm Projects

South Elm Projects

Greensboro, NC (population 277,100) is home to a vibrant, natural occurring cultural district in its South Elm neighborhood. Through South Elm Projects, Elsewhere is creating site-specific activations of four underutilized alleyways and green-spaces throughout the district. These activations will encourage further, naturally occurring development in the neighborhoods adjacent to South...
PICNIC

PICNIC

Elsewhere will hold its 3nd P.I.C.N.I.C. event on August 1 from 6-9pm. Partners In City, Neighbors In Community is a public supper in downtown Greensboro where neighbors dine together and give together. Participants pay $5-$20 (sliding scale) and enjoy a locally-sourced meal, beverage, and an opportunity to vote on and...
Elsewhere TV

Elsewhere TV

Elsewhere TV (EWTV) is a media platform that broadcasts alive from Elsewhere‘s living museum in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. Using one woman’s 58-year collection of thrift, EWTV offers a space to share artistic happenings, projects and interviews from visiting artists. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of...
2014 Artists

2014 Artists

Announcing Elsewhere's 2014 season line-up of visiting artists, Southern Constellations fellows, and special residencies.
Southern Constellations

Southern Constellations

Now entering its second year, Southern Constellations is a curatorial initiative that supports the creation of experimental new works at the museum and connects contemporary art practices in the south. Funded in-part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the program embeds six fellowship artists into Elsewhere’s artist residency...
QueerLab

QueerLab

QueerLab is a youth-led media program exploring LGBTQ experience in North Carolina. Each QueerLab session brings together an editorial team of queer identifying youth to publish I Don’t Do Boxes, and organize workshops focused on creative media production and digital storytelling. QUEERLAB WORKSHOPS: SPRING 2014 Join us for QueerLab workshops every...
Become a Member

Become a Member

Elsewhere members + sponsors experience the great adventures and mysterious depths of an endlessly changing spectrum of living art. Benefits include a passport guide to Elsewhere, free admissions, special invitations, seasonal members events, public studio access, tax-deductions, and featured thanks in the museum and online. We invite you to join...
Recent Projects
Simple Magic

Simple Magic

One of the guiding principles of art production at Elsewhere is to respect the museum as a closed system—meaning that artists are invited to work only with materials at hand, and primarily within the context of the building. Thus, the museum can feel like a world unto itself, an inward facing hive of activity that...
Beneath Milhauser's Floor

Beneath Milhauser’s Floor

Beneath Milhauser’s Floor reconstructs the 2nd floor ribbon room as an immersive environment populated by a mass of tubular creatures with bodies that are simultaneously phallus, breast, and limb. From the walls they reach feebly out to crutch-like supports that emerge from a dense tangle of ribbon, their fibrous entrails falling from wound-like openings in...
Communal Still Life

Communal Still Life

For the creation of Community Still Life, Rachel Layne Rush invited museum visitors to arrange objects from a set she had gathered into compositions that were used as the basis for a series of still life drawings. Rush selected the objects because they spoke to the artist as informing her sense of gender identity. As...
Activism in the Gate City

Activism in the Gate City

Over the course of her residency, Morgan Page conducted interviews with Greensboro based activists to explore the enduring legacy of the Civil Rights movement in the city, contemporary conditions of activism, and to reflect on the ways that political action and the promotion of social justice are forms of patriotism. Recorded conversations with Ed Whitfield,...
The Face of America

The Face of America

Noting that Elsewhere’s collection of framed thrift-store art has been among it’s least cared for, Emily Lombardo acted as a guest curator over the course of her residency, cleaning, researching, and cataloging this collection. She then re-hung the works of kitschy embroidery, bucolic landscape and still life paintings, velvet icons, mass produced prints and string-art...
Treatments

Treatments

In an effort to address the fading wall paper on the third floor ghost room Devin Balara created a series of whimsical treatments based on suggestions found in 1960s and 1970s era interior design books from Elsewhere’s collection. Acting as an interior decorator, Balara coordinated the window treatments with the walls to provide a feeling...
The Possessed Artifacts and Detritus of Mrs. Florence Hazel Davis Bland

The Possessed Artifacts and Detritus of Mrs. Florence Hazel Davis Bland

video walkthrough of the artist’s web installation (URL coming soon)   Alison S.M. Kobayashi is a conceptual artist who often finds inspiration in found objects and discarded material. Kobayashi examines the ways such objects carry traces of their former owners, and from these details reconstructs the lives of strangers. The Possessed Artifacts and Detritus of Mrs. Florence Hazel...
Echoes of the Forest

Echoes of the Forest

Echoes of the Forest by Zipporah Thompson revives and extends Agustina Woodgate’s installation The Forest (2009) through the addition of a series of surreal habitat dioramas. Set within tall brass display cases lined with bark textured mirrors, bundles of gauze, fur, and string become ambiguous zoomorphs caught fluttering, hovering, floating, swimming above strange primordial landscapes...
Faxes from Space

Faxes from Space

During her residency, Heidi Neilson built a quadrifilar helicoid antenna for the roof of Elsewhere to intercept weather data transmissions from NOAA weather satellites that passed overhead. Acting as a citizen scientist, she set up a workstation in the 3rd floor Ghost Room, learning to translate the transmissions into images using open source software and...
The Relation Station

The Relation Station

Using scrap materials from the collection, Emilio Maldonado constructed a large mobile shoe-shine stand for Elsewhere’s sidewalk, now used by local shoe shiners for business several times a week. The artist grew up in the Dominican Republic, where he noted different patterns of consumption from those found in the U.S. Countering the pressure to participate...
Wayfinding

Wayfinding

For her residency project, Kathryn Sclavi created an explorer’s club for charting new pathways in response to changing emotional needs. Modeled loosely on youth scout clubs, Sclavi’s Wayfinding Club is dedicated to encouraging greater awareness of one’s bodily experiences and developing new cognitive strategies for spatial negotiation. Dressed in hand-embroidered neckerchiefs and collection clothing in...
Parade

Parade

A parade in celebration of all things absurd to usher in the grand re-opening of the museum. Take to the sidewalks of Downtown Greensboro with the Elsewhere crew, Cackalack Thunder and friends. Items from the collection out on tour. Floats, dancing, funny bikes, merry mischief + more. Foolish costumes strongly encouraged. Departs from Elsewhere April 1 at 6pm. Followed by a Feast of...
Call for Submissions: artist working in auto correct art practices

Call for Submissions: artist working in auto correct art practices

Did you mean, 2014, Signal Matthews, screenshot jpg, Google Docs, grant application, auto-correct function Elsewhere seeks artist working in auto correct art practices.   Elsewhere is announcing fellowship funding for artists exploring auto-correct as medium. Auto correct art serves as a gateway into automated thinking, mechanic intelligence, and the rhetoric of semantic web technologies. Artists working across media to discover the ghost in the machine are...
The Jewel Box

The Jewel Box

Part of Pop! Downtown Greensboro, The Jewel Box is a storefront window art installation at The Guilford Building (301 S. Elm Street) in Downtown Greensboro. The art installation series is sponsored by Downtown Greensboro Inc. in collaboration with The Open Art Society. The spring series theme is blues. From March through June, Elsewhere will curate a selection of...
Seder

Seder

4th Annual Passover Seder An intimate evening of traditional foods with an untraditional telling of the Passover story across the museum’s three floors. Elsewhere’s Seder connects Jewish  liberation with historic and contemporary liberation texts. Excerpts include Bell Hooks, David Wojnarowicz, Baal Shem Tov, Malcolm X, Susannah Herschel, among others. $10-25 sliding scale. Please RSVP to kitchen@goelsewhere.org by Monday,...
Then & Now: Exploring LGBTQ stories across generations

Then & Now: Exploring LGBTQ stories across generations

Then & Now is a documentary storytelling project inviting LGBTQ-identifying elders and teens to share stories and oral histories. What was it like living in the south and identifying as LGBTQ? What is that experience like now? The project is inviting youth and elders to interview each other about their experience of living in the south...
Intern Elsewhere

Intern Elsewhere

Internships at Elsewhere offer students across disciplines and interests exceptional experiences with learning in action. Elsewhere interns support the non-profit’s organizational, artistic, and community based projects that maintain and advance the living museum. Elsewhere introduces interns to a litany of collaborative skills in artful life and purposive art. We welcome applications from smart, dedicated, helpful...
2013 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

elsewhere 2013 // 10 years of creative momentum and collaborative culture 2013 Annual Report Elsewhere    
Duets

Duets

Clint Sleeper’s Duets project is a sound art inspired means for facilitating collaboration in Elsewhere. Extending notions of collaboration, instruments created by previous artists-in-residence Kieran Morris (Receiver, 2012), Daniel Fishkin (Lady’s Harp , 2011), and the Invisible Collective (Singer Songwriter, 2010) were updated, revised or re-imagined. These instruments were then paired with a series of...
Ambivert: Section (1,2,3)

Ambivert: Section (1,2,3)

Ambivert: Section (1,2,3) created by sleeper is a series of three extravagant wearable sculptures that lead a kind of double life. On display in the accessories room at museum, they stand alone as visually compelling art objects encasing the forms of mannequins as architectural dwellings for the body. They also come to life as vehicles...
Material Music

Material Music

"Material Music" is a series of open ended graphic and tactile musical scores by Southern Constellations fellow Andrew Raffo Dewar designed to guide the creation of sound and movement based performances. They are composed of materials found in the Elsewhere collection chosen for their formal qualities- shape color, texture- rather than for their meanings as...
Sew To Speak

Sew To Speak

Sew To Speak, by Melissa Vandenberg was a series of performative sewing experiments in which she used Elsewhere’s collection of sewing machines to explore human/machine collaboration and competition. Vandenberg took Elsewhere’s collection of broken sewing machines and gave them care and repair. She then created long looped bands of fabric and used her feet, thighs, and head to operate...
the forest | Agustina Woodgate & Ian Montgomery

the forest | Agustina Woodgate & Ian Montgomery

Agustina and Ian grew a forest. (September 15, 2009 – October 7, 2009)
Army Surplus

Army Surplus

The Wardrobe

The Wardrobe

2010 2010 | Timelapse | wardrobe from Elsewhere on Vimeo.
Remodel | Storefront

Remodel | Storefront

June 1, 2011 collaborators: Ian Montgomery, Rob Hamilton, Helen McCarthy, Chloe Keenan ian and the building team remove and reframe the storefront for Elsewhere’s new accordion style windows, and strip and restore the stage for front window theatre performances.
We've Come Too Far To End It Now | Chris Berntsen

We’ve Come Too Far To End It Now | Chris Berntsen

April 6, 2011 – May 3, 2011 collaborators: Chris Bernsten, Ian Montgomery places: 3rd Floor ‘we’ve come too far to end it now’ is a multi-slide projection installation on the third floor of Elsewhere Collaborative. The installation within the evocative “ghost room” uses the room’s peeling wallpaper and mid-twentieth century domestic objects as a source of inspiration. Projected...
Alone Zone | Julia Garder

Alone Zone | Julia Garder

April 13, 2011 – May 17, 2011 collaborators: Julia Garder, Ian Montgomery places: 2nd Floor, Hallway, North Side The Alone Zone is a space within a space that preconditions a quieting of the spirit. The concept is reflected in the construction.  It is literally a room in a larger building eating a smaller building. By mediating the participant’s...
The Gathering | Nikolas Perez

The Gathering | Nikolas Perez

March 16, 2011 – April 15, 2011 collaborators: Nik Perez, Ian Montgomery places: 3rd Floor The Gathering is an interactive installation involving simple mechanics and epic poetry. The piece is comprised of collection ribbon that has been hand-stitched with an original work of writing by artist Nik Perez. Illuminating the third floor stairway corridor with a hand-cranked powered...
Revolution Textiles | Caroline Lung

Revolution Textiles | Caroline Lung

2010 Particularly Exceptional Artist Frau Fiber heads Sewing with the People, bringing together textile artists, seniors, youth, former textile mill workers, and recent immigrants from the area and beyond. Check out the dedicated revolution textiles blog for event dates and more info. May 28, 2010 – July 2, 2010
Laura Davis

Laura Davis

  Laura Davis (b. 1971, Holland, Michigan) is a Chicago based artist working in sculpture, drawing and installation. Her work examines the intersection of craft, design and art by using display structures to conflate notions of value and context. Davis’ recent solo exhibitions include Unknown Pleasures at Chicago Artist’s Coalition (coinciding with her 2012-2013 Bolt residency...
Martha Whittington

Martha Whittington

  Martha Whittington’s constructed environments speak to the tenderness and innocence of the human spirit as it faces the harshness and treachery of life and labor. By recreating the history of significant objects and ideas such as manual tools, antique devices, and life experiences of laborers, she builds an immersive experience. This new view of life...
Justus Harris

Justus Harris

Justus Harris is a performance artist, writer, and technology researcher exploring the way we search for intimacy, consider our legacies, and cope with illness in the highly digitally mediated world we live in. He has held performance and technology workshops at the Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago) incorporating Contact Improvisation and Theater of the Oppressed.  These workshops...
Courtney McCracken

Courtney McCracken

Courtney grew up on a house boat on the intracoastal waterways of the Atlantic ocean where she was bestowed the gift of bubble launching by the local mermaids. On a standard day she is dreaming of building tiny houses and extracting the essence of creative living through efficient objects. She is studying for her Masters...
Stephanie Williams

Stephanie Williams

Stephanie Williams is a tinkerer and doodler, whose work as a multimedia artist navigates autobiographical narratives of identity, memory and misconception; telling story through its pieces rather than its whole. Through self-directed processes of close examination, disassembly and reorientation of sensorial fragments, she curates a context in which our bodies’ amalgamated experience understands the world...
Jacob Stanley

Jacob Stanley

Jacob Stanley is a sculptor who focuses on temporary site-responsive installations and loves to wear scarves and vests. His work is generated from informed intuition, design thinking and installed in improbable urban locations. His work exists in a state of dynamic stasis, which entreats viewers to question: is the work finished, has it just begun...
Izel Vargas

Izel Vargas

Izel Vargas is a South Florida based mixed media artist and educator who hails from the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas (Alamo,TX). Raised in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, Vargas cites his upbringing as playing a vital role in his approach to making art. He earned his BFA from the University of Texas Pan American and...