JOHN FEKNER: Remnant Memory, Fragments, Fossils, Trophies, Plaques

2/1/1992 – 3/7/1992

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Exhibition: This show combined a documentary overview of Fekner’s extensive outdoor site-specific stencil works from 1977 to 1985 with a new installation of recent works. Fekner’s work has explored the issues of decay, the effect of technology on our culture, and the change of America from an industry-based economy to one based on information and technology. A slide installation displayed images of dozens of his stencil words that had appeared in New York City mostly on or near abandoned industrial sites. His recent sculptures used compact discs as the basis for creating industrial “fossils.”

Event: Your House Is Mine, Reading

WILLIE BIRCH: A Personal View of Urban America

3/28/1992 – 4/25/1992

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Exhibition: This exhibition presented an overview of Birch’s paintings and sculptures from 1986 to 1992. Birch’s work reflects a contemporary interpretation of the folkloric language of art. He assumed the role of a chronicler of African-American history by recording both internationally significant events and the daily reality of everyday contemporary urban life. His paintings depicted the reality of New York neighborhoods in images of social inequities, racial tensions, relentless crime and poverty as well as scenes of intimate daily communal life such as the church, the barbershop, and the family at home. Birch also documented significant international events in African American history such as Nelson Mandela’s trip to America.

Publication: A catalog for the exhibition includes texts by William Fagaly, an introduction by Papo Colo and interview with the artist by Jeanette Ingberman.

Travel: Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, Philadelphia, PA

SHU LEA CHEANG: Those Fluttering Objects of Desire

5/2/1992 – 5/20/1992

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Artists: Laurie Carlos, Shu Lea Cheang, Lawrence Chua, Jessica Hagedorn, bell hooks, Renee Tajima, Robbie McCauley, Indu Krishnan, Gloria Miguel, Cheryl Dunye, Mary Ann Toman, Rea Tajiri, Pamela Jennings, Coco Fusco, Helen Lee, Tati Nguyen, Yong Soon Min, Robin & Suzi, Victoria Maldonad, Lona Foote, Valerie Soe, Adriene Jenik

Exhibition: Shu Lea Cheang’s work has addressed the misconceptions of racial assimilation, exposing preconceived notions of race and gender. This new installation created a discourse on sexual politics in the context of post-colonial, interracial sexual relationships. It reversed the role of women as the object of desire by refusing to submit women as objects of the gaze. Women artists and writers of diverse ethnic backgrounds were invited to participate in constructing the work, each drawing on their personal experiences to create the individual video and audio works. The new works in this installation created a dialogue based on women’s perspectives that countered the current state of sexual repression and conservative censorship.

The installation had two components: 1-900-DESIRES appropriated the popular telephone sex lines, but substituted an audio montage of personal encounters by the participating artists. They were listened to through reconstructed telephones. Channels of Desire used the model of video porn booths to showcase the video break-ins by invited women media artists. After inserting a quarter into the machine, viewers could select from five channels of alternative images.


12/14/1992 – 2/6/1993

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Artists: Thomas Riley Andersen, Ronald Baron, Tom Burkhardt, Andrew Castrucci, Paul A. Castrucci, Colin Chase, Nadia Coën, Don Colley, Samuel F. Crawford, Kim Dingle, Karen Dolmanisth, Daniella Dooling, Loren Eiferman, Nicole Eisenman, Ava Gerber, Judy Fox, Elliott Green, Gregory Green, Elizabeth Hall, Lyle Ashton Harris, Robin Kahn, Annetta Kapon, Ron W. Kim, Diana Klein, Vivienne Koorland, Naomie Kremer, Charles LaBelle, Rachel Lachowicz, John LeKay, Marcia Lyons, Warren Neidich, Shirin Neshat, Roxy Paine, Paul Ramírez-Jonas, Paul Rosin, Rudy Royval, Leslie Sharpe, Tony Stanzione, Susan Stein, Alan Stone, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Fred Tomaselli, Michael Yue Tong, Anton Vidokle, Megan Williams, Lynne Yamamoto, Daniel H. Zeller

Exhibition: In December 1992 Exit Art opened in a new location in a greatly expanded facility. The first exhibition of the new space was Fever, a dynamic group show of 47 young and emerging artists from around the country. Fever was an expression of the pulse of the youth of the country – a selection of attitudes and perspectives of younger artists. Much of the work addressed issues of sexuality, political activism and a new aesthetic attitude in formation. The exhibition included painting, sculpture, installation and photography. Women’s issues, sexual roles and greater political involvement were among the issues involving a new generation of artists’ works. Fever revealed how younger artists, by forging new ideas in their artwork, were linked to the changing political and social climate of this country.

Travel: Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Columbus, OH; Alejandro Otero Museum of Visual Arts, Caracas, Venezuela