Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960-2010

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Overview

This groundbreaking book--part exhibition catalogue, part cultural history--chronicles alternative art spaces in New York City since the 1960s.
Developed from an exhibition of the same name at Exit Art, Alternative
Histories
documents more than 130 alternative spaces, groups, and projects, and the significant contributions these organizations have made to the aesthetic and social fabric of New York City. Alternative art spaces offer sites for experimentation for artists to innovate, perform, and exhibit outside the commercial gallery-and-museum circuit. In New York City, the development of alternative spaces was almost synonymous with the rise of the contemporary art scene. Beginning in the
1960s and early 1970s, it was within a network of alternative sites--including 112
Greene Street, The Kitchen, P.S.1, FOOD, and many others--that the work of young artists like Yvonne Rainer, Vito Acconci, Gordon Matta-Clark, Ana Mendieta, David
Wojnarowicz, David Hammons, Adrian Piper, Martin Wong, Jimmie Durham, and dozens of other now familiar names first circulated.

Through interviews,
photographs, essays, and archival material, Alternative Histories
tells the story of such famous sites and organizations as Judson Memorial Church,
Anthology Film Archives, A.I.R. Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, Franklin Furnace, and
Eyebeam, as well as many less well-known sites and organizations. Essays by the exhibition curators and scholars, and excerpts of interviews with alternative space founders and staff, provide cultural and historical context.

ContributorsJacki Apple, Papo Colo,
Jeanette Ingberman, Melissa Rachleff, Lauren Rosati, Mary Anne Staniszewski, Herb
Tam

IntervieweesSteve Cannon, Rhys Chatham,
Peter Cramer and Jack Waters, Carol Goodden, Alanna Heiss, Bob Lee, Joe Lewis,
Inverna Lockpez, Ann Philbin, Anne Sherwood Pundyk and Karen Yama, Irving Sandler,
Adam Simon, Martha Wilson

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"In some 400 pages this book provides thumbnail sketches of more than 140
alternative spaces and related organizations, including the artist-run restaurant
Food, Bomb magazine and the activist group Gran Fury… This is an indispensable source boo that leaves you wanting more--specifically, individual studies of some of the organizations it covers. It stands as a vibrant and irrefutable evidence of what happens when people take things into their own hands." The New York
Times

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262017961
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2012
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 839,922
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Rosati, a PhD student in Art History at the Graduate Center, CUNY, is
Curatorial Assistant for Modern & Contemporary Art at the National Academy
Museum in New York and co-curator at ((audience)), a non-profit sound art and experimental music organization. She was Assistant Curator at Exit Art from 2007
until its closure in 2012.

Mary Anne Staniszewski is an Associate Professor in the Department of the Arts at
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and author of The Power of Display: A
History of Exhibition Installations at the Museum of Modern Art
(MIT
Press) and, during the past twenty-five years, has overseen or contributed to various Exit Art publications and projects.

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