Alternative Art New York, 1965-1985

Overview

By the mid 1960s, New York's art establishment was out of step with the city's diversity and had largely ignored the decade's social, political, and cultural ferment. In response, marginalized artists created an oppositional network of organi-zations, exhibit spaces, and cooperative galleries that both paralleled and challenged the status quo. Alternative Art New York, 1965-1985 brings together a wide variety of artists and critics to explore the origins and evolution of this ...
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Overview

By the mid 1960s, New York's art establishment was out of step with the city's diversity and had largely ignored the decade's social, political, and cultural ferment. In response, marginalized artists created an oppositional network of organi-zations, exhibit spaces, and cooperative galleries that both paralleled and challenged the status quo. Alternative Art New York, 1965-1985 brings together a wide variety of artists and critics to explore the origins and evolution of this diffuse and vibrant cultural scene.

Locating the movement within both the art world and its larger social and political context, these authors decipher the shifting configurations of cultural power in this period and the complex relationship between the mainstream and the marginal. With a unique, annotated chronology of the alternative art scene from 1965 to 1985, and illustrated with 150 images of key works, installations, and exhibits; reproductions of posters, communiques, and other ephemera; and photographs of protests and meetings, this volume is an important work of contemporary art history and a valuable sourcebook that suggests the basis for the return of an artist-driven cultural economy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816637942
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,134,165
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
For the Record 1
A Chronology of Selected Alternative Structures, Spaces, Artists' Groups, and Organizations in New York City, 1965-1985 17
Pt. I Context
Biting the Hand: Artists and Museums in New York since 1969 79
On Discourse as Monument: Institutional Spaces and Feminist Problematics 121
Pt. II Mainstreaming
Public Funding and Alternative Spaces 161
When (Art) Worlds Collide: Institutionalizing the Alternatives 183
Polarity Rules: Looking at Whitney Annuals and Biennials, 1968-2000 201
Pt. III Space, Place, and Community
Alternative Space 249
Sitings of Public Art: Integration versus Intervention 281
Local History: The Art of Battle for Bohemia in New York 321
Contributors 367
Index 371
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