Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries, 1952-1965 is an exhibition organized by the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, from January 10 to April 1, 2017. It highlights artists' efforts to create new exhibition venues for innovative works of art.

Between the apex of Abstract Expressionism and the rise of Pop Art and Minimalism, the New York art scene was transformed by artist-run galleries. Inventing Downtown presents works from fourteen of these crucibles of experimentation, highlighting artists’ efforts to create new exhibition venues for innovative works of art—ranging from abstract and figurative painting, assemblage, sculpture, and works on paper to groundbreaking installations and performances.

Inventing Downtown proposes viewing these fourteen galleries via five thematic groupings: Leaving Midtown, City as Muse, Space and Time, Politics as Practice, and Defining Downtown. This exhibition presents the work of the french artist Jean-Jacques Lebel who met Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and Claude Lévi-Strauss in New-York at that time, which influenced his work. Artist-run galleries shaped American art irreversibly. After 1965, New York’s uptown and downtown art scenes increasingly diverged, which led to the flowering of nonprofit downtown alternative spaces. Although more than half a century has passed since the era of Inventing Downtown, many of the issues mined in the exhibition still resonate in today’s art world—split as it is between the booming commercial market for contemporary art and ever more pluralistic models of artistic production, promotion, and display.


LOCATION: Grey Art Gallery, NYU
DATES: January 9 - April 1, 2017
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Grey Art Gallery 100 Washington Square East New York, NY 10003

Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in NYC, 1952-1965

When
Jan 9 - Apr 1, 2017
Where
Grey Art Gallery
100 Washington Square East
New York, NY 10003
© John Cohen

Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries, 1952-1965 is an exhibition organized by the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, from January 10 to April 1, 2017. It highlights artists' efforts to create new exhibition venues for innovative works of art.

Between the apex of Abstract Expressionism and the rise of Pop Art and Minimalism, the New York art scene was transformed by artist-run galleries. Inventing Downtown presents works from fourteen of these crucibles of experimentation, highlighting artists’ efforts to create new exhibition venues for innovative works of art—ranging from abstract and figurative painting, assemblage, sculpture, and works on paper to groundbreaking installations and performances.

Inventing Downtown proposes viewing these fourteen galleries via five thematic groupings: Leaving Midtown, City as Muse, Space and Time, Politics as Practice, and Defining Downtown. This exhibition presents the work of the french artist Jean-Jacques Lebel who met Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and Claude Lévi-Strauss in New-York at that time, which influenced his work. Artist-run galleries shaped American art irreversibly. After 1965, New York’s uptown and downtown art scenes increasingly diverged, which led to the flowering of nonprofit downtown alternative spaces. Although more than half a century has passed since the era of Inventing Downtown, many of the issues mined in the exhibition still resonate in today’s art world—split as it is between the booming commercial market for contemporary art and ever more pluralistic models of artistic production, promotion, and display.


LOCATION: Grey Art Gallery, NYU
DATES: January 9 - April 1, 2017
Click here for more information
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