From the Archives
From The Archives: 40 Years, 40 Projects. Opening reception: Tuesday, January 13, 6- 8 pm.
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An exhibition celebrating the history of White Columns and 112 Greene Street/112 Workshop.
“The oddest art showplace in town.” – Peter Schjeldahl, New York Times, November 1970
In 2009 White Columns will celebrate its 40th year of continuous operation. Founded in 1970 and initially known by its original street address - 112 Greene Street / 112 Workshop inc. - White Columns was both a pioneer and a catalyst in the artist-run space movement of the 1970s / 1980s and remains New York’s oldest alternative gallery. Over the past four decades literally thousands of artists have benefited from early exposure and significant support from the gallery.
To initiate White Columns’ fortieth year we will stage a revelatory – and celebratory - exhibition that will focus on one exhibition, event, or project that took place at the gallery for each of its forty years. Whilst inevitably partial – a complete overview of all the gallery’s activities would be logistically impossible – ‘40 Years, 40 Projects’ hopes to reveal something of the genuine complexity, and eccentricity, of the gallery’s evolving programs over the past four decades.
The exhibition will privilege material drawn from the gallery’s archive, juxtaposed with material from the archives of the original participating artists – augmented by a number of key artworks originally shown at the gallery during this period. ‘40 Years, 40 Projects’ seeks ultimately to underscore the persistent relevance of artist-centered platforms outside of the conventional commercial gallery and institutional structures.
From documentation of Gordon Matta-Clark’s ground breaking installations at 112 Greene Street in the early 1970s to the recent protest drawings of Michael Patterson-Carver ‘40 Years, 40 Projects’ will privilege four decades of unorthodox thinking, focusing on archival material relating to seminal projects by artists as different as Alice Aycock (1971), Martha Wilson (1975), William Wegman (1976), Lee Quinones and Fred Braithwaite (1980), Kim Gordon (1981), Sturtevant (1986), Group Material (1987), Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1988), Fred Wilson (1990), Joseph Grigely (1994), and Aïda Ruilova (2000), amongst many others.
Organized by Matthew Higgs, Director and Amie Scally, Curator