2/10/1982 – 3/6/1982

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Artists: Vito Acconci, Gempei Akasegawa, Louis Aragon, Scott Billingsley, Mar Blane, Gunther Brus, Barry Bryant, Chris Burden, Gordon Matta Clark, Papo Colo, Bogomir Ecker, William Farley, John Fekner, Lou Forgione, Guerilla Art Action Group (GAAG), John Giorno, John Halpern, Abbie Hoffman, Tehching Hsieh, Jay Jaroslov, Komar & Melamid, George Maciunas, Ann Messner, Richard Mock, Cesar Chavez, Peter Monnig, Charlotte Moorman, Otto Muehl, Herman Nitsch, Dennis Oppenheim, People’s Flag Show, Real Estate Show, Jan Van Raay

Exhibition: This historical show examined artists’ work, 1930-1982, from the United States, Europe, and Japan, who in the process of making their work came into conflict with the law, challenging issues of legality and censorship. The show included photo-documentation of the work with an artist statement and extensive written documentation of each incident, many of which continued as legal cases.

Publication: Critical text by curators Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo. Statements by each of the artists in the exhibition and documentation of the work in the show.


7/8/1982 – 9/30/1982

Artists: Papo Colo, Nicolassa Mohr, Amiri Baraka, John Fekner, Regina Vater, Vito Acconci, Miguel Algarin, David Hammons, Piri Thomas, Komar & Melamid, Mathew Geller, Jorge Soto, Rene Ojeda, Pedro Pietri, John Giorno, Catalina Parra, Juan Sanchez, Americo Casiano, Richard Mock, Fernando Salicrup, Felix Cordero, Tehching Hsieh, Tato Laviera, Manny Vega, Anne Pitrone, Quincy Troupe, Rolando Briseno, Marcos Dimas, Nestor Otero, Olga Casanova, Candace Hill-Montgomery, Enrique Buenaventura, Estrella Artau, Roberto Ortiz Melendez, Clemente Soto Velez, Jose A Vasquez, Rafael Colon Morales

Exhibition: Octopus was an extraordinary anthology of 25 poets and visual artists, invited by Papo Colo, to create their work on a giant, outdoor book of poetry: a constructed work which presented a collective idea through an individual piece of sculpture. These artists/poets were invited to participate so that the work would combine the diverse currents in poetry existing at the time of artists from different cultures living in New York City.

The book, consisting of 13 plywood panels, each 4 feet wide and 8 feet high, had the capacity to open up to 52 feet long. Each artist/poet had one page/panel to represent them. The artists constructed their work in white on previously painted black pages, the white serving to visually unite a diverse group.


12/4/1982 – 12/30/1982

Curator(s): Jeanette Ingberman

Artists: Martha Boyden, Papo Colo, Jane Dickson, Dan Freeman, Michael Hafftka, Kim Keever, Komer & Melamid, Roberto Llimos, Carey Marvin, Richard Mock, Mike Roddy, Betsey Rosenwald

Exhibition: Dirty Pictures was a group show of paintings and drawings with highly charged subject matter: sex, in one form or another, from the explicit to the merely suggestive.