1987

IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES / HEROES OR VILLAINS

1/17/1987 – 2/14/1987

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Artists: Tseng Kwong Chi, Anton van Dalen, Juan Downey, Shelagh Keeley, Komar and Melamid, Medrie MacPhee, Joshua Newstein, Miralda, Lucio Pozzi, Krzysztof Wodiczko.

Exhibition: This exhibition examined the important political and aesthetic contributions of immigrant artists to the history of contemporary American art. The invited artists, who immigrated to this country either voluntarily or out of necessity for survival and the freedom of expression, were Eastern and Western European, Asian, Hispanic, Latin American and Canadian. This exhibition examined the transcultural reality of art in this country and the ambiguous identity of the artists presented, seen as either immigrant and refugee, hero or villain.

MICHAEL CHERNISHOV: Aggressive Symbols 1961 – 1987

2/19/1987 – 3/21/1987

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Exhibition: A comprehensive exhibition of work from 1961 to 1987 by this Soviet artist who had recently emigrated to the United States and whose work was in the Constructivist tradition of the 1910s and 1920s. The exhibition consisted of a series of works on paper, drawings, and cut outs that dealt with militaristic and geometric iconography. This was the first one-person exhibition of Chernishov’s work in the United States.

Publication: Color catalog with essays by Timothy Cohrs.

CONCRETE CRISIS: Urban Images of the 1980s

2/19/1987 – 3/21/1987

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Artists: Vito Acconci, Tomie Arai, Rudolf Baranik, Aleta Bass, Malcolm Eliot Ryder, Karin Batten, Olivia Beens, Willie Birch, Lauri Bretthauer, Phyllis Bulkin, Marguerite Bunyan, Carole Byard, Josely Carvalho, Fay Chiang, Keith Christensen, Eva Cockcroft, Sue Coe, Michael Corris, Maria Dominguez, Jeff Dreiblatt, Charles Frederick, Waynbe Rottman, Laura Elkins, Tom Finkelpearl, Antonio Frasconi, Aki Fujiyoshi, Peter Gourfain, Marina Gutierrez, Edgar Heap of Birds, Tim Hillis, Gale Jackson, Noah Jemison, Jamillah Jennings, Sabrina Hones, Cliff Joseph, Janet Koenig, Margia Kramer, E. Salem Krieger, Elizabeth Kulas, Rae Langsten, Ross Lewis, Robert Longo, Alfred Martinez, Thelma Zoe Mathais, William C. Maxwell, Gina Marie Terranova, Dona Ann McAdams, Betsy McLindon, Brad Melamed, Joseph Nechvatal, Vernita Nemec, Quimetta Perle, Kristin Reed, Pedro Pietri, David Reynolds, Don Rock, Rachael Romero, Vincent Salas, Juan Sanchez, Jeff Schlesinger, Ilse Schreiber, Greg Sholette, George “Geo” Smith, Mimi Smith, Stephen Soreff, Nancy Spero, Leon Golub, Anita Steckel, May Stevens, Nancy Sullivan, Seth Tobocman, Chuck Sperry, Yolanda Ward, Julius Valiunas, Anton Van Dalen, Greg Velez, Janet Vicario, Tom Wachunas, Richard Ray Whitman, Tzvi Ben-Aretz, Jee Won Kim, Kolger Kleine, Beth Sopko, Patty Flanagan, Gabrielle Brown, Michael Van Pattan, Ursula Kyle


Exhibition: An exhibition organized by PAD/D (Political Art Documentation/Distribution) who asked 94 artists to design a poster reflecting their vision of urban issues of the 1980s. Concrete Crisis continued the great activist art tradition of public posters. The posters reached three different publics: the original designs were shown in the gallery; the 14 selected for mass reproduction were posted in the streets all over New York; and a signed edition was available to collectors in a portfolio.

Publication: Documentary catalog published by PAD/D with an essay by Margia Kramer, black and white reproductions of all the posters in the exhibition with statements by the artists. Included as a supplement to PAD/D’s Upfront Magazine No. 12-13.

ARLAN HUANG: Paintings 1985-1987

3/28/1987 – 4/25/1987

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Exhibition: A one-person exhibition of the abstract paintings of this artist, who incorporates elements of traditional Chinese landscape painting and calligraphy in his work. In this exhibition, In his recent paintings, the “most beautiful” paintings (according to the artist) were cut from the frame and hung beside the empty frames; the holes were replaced with color Xeroxes.

JUAN SANCHEZ, GUARIQUEN

3/28/1987 – 4/25/1987

Exhibition: This exhibition was an attempt at breaking through a deeply ingrained, repressive and crushing colonial state of mind dominating Puerto Rican land and culture.
 Guariquen: Images and Words Rican / Structured was a portfolio of five mixed-media lithographic prints. The prints were made with silkscreen, collage, photo print, and hand colored elements. The hand-written text was written by Sanchez and included statements and poetry by prominent Puerto Rican poets and political activists. The portfolio included an introduction by Lucy Lippard, and two poems by Sandra Maria Estevez.

Publication: A print portfolio published by Exit Art through an artist-sponsored grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. In conjunction with the printing of the portfolio, Exit Art presented an exhibition of the five mixed media lithographic prints.

FILMS WITH A PURPOSE: A Puerto Rican Experiment in Social Films

4/23/1987 – 5/3/1987

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Artists: Oscar Torres, Amilcar Tirado, Luis A. Maisonet, Benji Doniger, Angel F. Rivera, Jack Delano, Marcos Betancourt, Willard Van Dyke, Henway Rodakiewics

Exhibition: A presentation of screenings, symposia, and lectures concerned with this group of experimental social films produced in Puerto Rico from 1940 to 1960 as part of a government initiative for community education and self-help programs. The program opened at The Museum of Modern Art; other screenings were held at The Collective for Living Cinema, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York University, and El Museo del Barrio to insure a broad public for the work.

Publication: Comprehensive catalog for the film program with an introduction by Jay Leyda, special consultant to the project, and essays by: Papo Colo, Antonio Lauria, Jack Delano, and project researchers, Luis Rosario Albert and Ines Mongil Echandi. Catalog includes B&W stills from the films and program notes for the screenings.

MUNTADAS

5/1/1987 – 5/30/1987

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Exhibition: Solo exhibition of the formalist work of this Spanish artist. His work was concerned with the framing, presentation, and context of art and images in the media, and the stereotypes that surround these ideas.

Publication: Catalog with essays by Mary Anne Staniszewski, Phillipe Dubois, Catherine Kempeneers and Emmanuael Windels. Installation photographs of the exhibitions, and discussion of his earlier installations and video works.

BANG ON A CAN FESTIVAL

5/10/1987 – 5/10/1987

Event: A twelve-hour extravaganza of new experimental music by both established and emerging composers from the United States and abroad. It featured the world premieres of several pieces, with many of the composers present to introduce and speak about their work.

MASTFOR II: Good Treatment for Horses

6/11/1987 – 6/28/1987

Event: Recreation of Nikolai Foregger’s celebrated Constructivist cabaret/theater, Mastfor from 1920s Moscow. Presentation of Good Treatment For Horses was the first full recreation and adaptation of Vladimir Mass’ 1922 play, originally dramatized by Foregger with costumes designed by Sergei Eisenstein and sets designed by Sergei Yutkevich. Twelve performances were given by Mastfor II, a theater group that recreates avant-garde productions of the twenties, directed by Mel Gordon.

RED HAMMOND

9/12/1987 – 10/17/1987

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Exhibition: A survey of recent abstract paintings from 1985 to 1987 of this artist, whose work combines surreal images and shapes with recognizable objects often using the iconography of music and musical instruments.

JOSHUA NEUSTEIN

10/24/1987 – 12/23/1987

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Exhibition: A comprehensive exhibition of the work of this mid-career artist, who uses maps as a basis to explore his ideas concerning boundaries and territories, demarcation and displacement. The show included paintings and installation works from the previous two years.

Publication: Comprehensive color catalog with introduction by Jeanette Ingberman, and critical essays by Carlo McCormick, Klaus Ottmann & Irit Rogoff.

RAUL RUIZ: Works For & About French TV

11/11/1987 – 11/24/1987

Curator(s): Jordi Torrent

Event: The US premiere of a two-week program of screenings of work specifically created for television by this Chilean filmmaker, who lives and works in France. These tapes were produced in collaboration with INA, the experimental French TV studio.

Publication: Catalog included extensive program notes for each of the tapes, B&W stills from the tapes, introduction by Jordi Torrent, project coordinator, and Jeanette Ingberman, poem by Papo Colo, and an essay by Richard Pena.