INVENTING DOWNTOWN: ARTIST-RUN GALLERIES IN NEW YORK CITY, 19521963
January 12April 2, 2016
Focusing on a period of groundbreaking experimentation in the New York art scene that spawned our contemporary art world, Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 19521963 chronicles the development of new art forms and practices in fourteen key artist-run and experimental galleries, including the Tanager, the Judson Art Gallery, and George Maciunass AG Gallery. The exhibition is divided into three sections: Leaving Midtown, Spaces for Art, and Defining Downtown, each featuring paintings, sculptures, installations, and photographs by well-known artists such as Jim Dine, Allan Kaprow, Alex Katz, Claes Oldenburg, and Yoko Ono , as well as by others who deserve to be better known. Inventing Downtown is curated by Melissa Rachleff, clinical associate professor in NYUs Steinhardt School, and will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.