If you listen carefully, you can hear the howling from curatorial and critical circles about the Metropolitan Museum’s blockbuster, “Regarding Warhol.” Organized by Mark Rosenthal with Marla Prather, Ian Alteveer and Rebecca Lowery, the exhibition is a Trojan horse: under the guise of examining the influential Pop artist, the Met has crept through the gates of contemporary art curation. The haphazard display, which looks cobbled together from auction-house catalogues (rather than from art history books), functions less as a thoughtful exhibition than as a three-dimensional press release for the traditionally more historically focused museum’s plans to expand into new art. It’s a land-grab, a wild claim to exciting territory. Its raison d’être is more institutional positioning than visual persuasion. It is bold, impolitic—and interesting.
Soho alternative gallery Artists Space today released some details about its planned fall retrospective of the work of the collective Bernadette Corporation, and it sounds like it is going to be a wonderfully heady affair. For one thing, the show carries the title “Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years.”
TUESDAY, JUNE 5
Discussion: Whitney Biennial Curators in Conversation with Michelle Kuo at Artists Space Books & Talks
The Whitney Biennial is just about over—the final festivities occur on Sunday, June 10, the same day that the last of its galleries close for de-installation. The biennial’s co-curators, Jay Sanders and Elisabeth Sussman, and its Read More
TUESDAY, MAY 29
Screening: Iwan Schumacher, “Urs Fischer,” at New Museum
Iwan Schumacher’s documentary, Urs Fischer, makes its U.S. premiere at the New Museum, presented by Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and the Swiss Institute. –Michael H. Miller
New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, doors at 6:30 p.m., screening 7 p.m. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soho stalwart Artists Space, which just opened its new Books & Talks space in Tribeca, is, in a sense, expanding again—albeit only temporarily—during the week of Frieze New York. From May 3 to May 6, the institution, directed by Stefan Kalmár, will host club nights, titled “NEIN POP,” at subMercer, at 147 ½ Mercer Street, near Prince Street in Soho.
The SoHo alternative gallery Artists Space is marking its 40th anniversary this year, and today announced a bevy of activities that it has planned for the rest of 2012. Perhaps most exciting: its second location, in TriBeCa, Artists Space: Books & Talks, which we wrote about back in February, will open on March 31.
When Stefan Kalmár arrived at the alternative art space Artists Space in the summer of 2009 to become its executive director, he saw plenty of things that he wanted to change.
“The director’s office was a corner office with a vista,” Mr. Kalmár said earlier this month, with a touch of mockery, “symbolizing a petit-bourgeois notion of an institution. There was a real hierarchy.” The robust 41-year-old was wearing a tight sweater, torn near the elbows, over a collared shirt, and was sitting in Artists Space’s third-floor loft on Greene Street, pointing to where various rooms had been. “Next to me was the assistant to the director’s office, and then there was the development office. Like chicken hatches. In this corner was the boardroom, and here was storage and a facility room, and an archive. Everything that an organization doesn’t—shouldn’t—need.”
Soho alternative space Artists Space is marking its 40-year anniversary this year, under the direction of Stefan Kalmár. In this week’s Observer, we wrote about the changes Mr. Kalmár has brought to the organization since arriving from the Kunstverein Munich in mid 2009. In the slide show at the left, a brief look at Read More
There are new leaders at SoHo nonprofit Artists Space, Artforum reports. Allan Schwartzman, a New York-based critic and advisor, is now president and sculptor Rachel Harrison copresident.
Fans of the holiday spirit packed the Artists Space loft Friday for a viewing of Babara Rubin’s 1963 film Christmas on Earth, a heartwarming, stop-action romp that tells the tale of a snowman who discovers the true meaning of the birth of our savior. Just kidding!