1/11/1995 and 1/18/1995

Event: Singer Nora York performed a two evening concerts at Exit Art.


3/4/1995 – 4/15/1995

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Artists: Marina Abramovic, Bas Jan Ader, Vito Acconci, Eleanor Antin, Skip Arnold, Judith Barry, Joseph Beuys, Chris Burden, Papo Colo, Arthur Cravan, Valie Export, Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose, Sherman Fleming, Terry Fox, Gilbert and George, Geoffrey Hendricks, Tehching Hsieh, Kim Jones, Yves Klein, Barry Le Va, Tom Marioni, Paul McCarthy, Linda Montano, Charlotte Moorman, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Dennis Oppenheim, Orlan, Gina Pane, Pearl, Rachel Rosenthal, Jill Scott, Carolee Schneemann, Barbara Smith, Bonnie Sherk, Stelarc, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, T.R. Uthco (Doug Hall and Jody Proctor)

Exhibition: Endurance was an historical exhibition examining and documenting the work of twentieth century visual and performance artists whose individual and collective works tested the physical, mental, and spiritual endurance of the body. The exhibition included the work of approximately thirty artists and focused on selected photographic documentation from key works that exemplified acts of endurance done in real time.

Endurance was the extreme form of presence, an emphatic statement of existence, time, and the physical limitations of the body and will. Within these performances/actions was an intention beyond the physical to reach the spiritual — rituals of the modern world, a way for the artist to prove a point with themselves, a defiance of being your own victim, an action between triumph and defeat.

Travel: Illinois State University, Normal IL; Beaver College, Beaver, PA; Proton Institute of Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, Holland; Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; Kulturhusset, Stockholm, Sweden; GAK, Bremmer, Germany; Maine College of Art, Portland, ME; Gallery 400, Chicago, IL; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada


5/6/1995 – 7/14/1995

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Artists: Lynda Abraham, Yuval Adler, Mike Arvan, Michael Ashkin, Jean Blackburn, Matt Blackwell, Chakaia Booker, Nina Bovasso, Ana Busto, Kristin Calabrese, William Cotton, Patricia Cronin, Graham Gillmore, Steve Giovinco, Sarah Grimm, Mara Haseltine, Bing Hu, David Lindberg, Alfredo Martinez, Katie Merz, Nelson, Itty Neuhaus, Sheila Pepe, Juan Perdiguero, Edouard Pierre Louis, Alfredo Ramirez, Jason Reed, Laura Sansone, Joseph Schneider, Jennie Schueler, Robert Seng, Lawrence Seward, Randy Wray, Ricardo Zulueta

Exhibition: Way Cool was a dynamic group exhibition of thirty-one young artists. It took the pulse of the younger generation and identified its position in a vital cultural context. The exhibition explored the formation of new aesthetic attitudes and the current tendencies in art, forged in a changing global vision. The exhibition offered a window into fresh art that focused on personal style, on individual, idiosyncratic visions. A spirit of inventiveness characterized the work, often manifested in experimental interactions with materials, from rubber to light. The sources varied extensively, but the art shared a characteristic energy that was bold and edgy. A spirit of vitality united the work of Way Cool. The artists examined, played, and finally found their individual voices. Way Cool expanded Exit Art’s dialogue with emerging generations of young artists by providing a showcase to analyze their work and ideas.

Event: Way Cool Meltdown


9/23/1995 – 11/11/1995

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Artists: Thomas Riley Andersen, Mike Arvan, Drew Beattie & Daniel Davidson, Judy Glantzman, Lawrence Seward, First World Theater

Exhibition: Transfers was a group exhibition that examined the expression of surrealist tendencies in painting by contemporary artists. The exhibition began with painting and continued in an exploration of the relationship between painting and theater. Each artist created a costume inspired by their paintings, intended for theatrical collaborations to illuminate the fantastic vision of the picture frame. These costumes, exhibited on stages in the gallery, served to transform Exit Art into a performance space as actors of the First World Theater, under the direction of Papo Colo, performed from texts inspired by The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges.



Curator(s): David First

Artists: Frankie Mann, Joshua Fried, Wiremouth, Terre Thaemlitz, David First, Mikel Rouse, Ben Neill

Event: A free one day marathon event surveying the more recent developments in the electronic audio arts. The composers / performers all placed high priority on emotional content, physical immediacy, and the communication of ideas.



Artists: Maya Beiser, Anthony De Mare

Event: An evening of contemporary classical music with Grand Duet for Cello and Piano, 1959, in five movements, Galina Ustvolskaya; and Patterns in a Chromatic Field, 1981, Morton Feldman.


12/2/1995 – 1/27/1996

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Artists: Ida Applebroog, Meghan Boody, Louise Bourgeois, Nina Bovasso, David Henry Brown Jr., Antonina Canal, Nicola Constantino, Scott Cunningham, Dame Darcy, Sue deBeer, Nicole Eisenmann, Judy Fox, C. Garcia Martinez, Steven Gontarski, Elliott Green, Kristin M. Hartmann, Ben Katchor, Kaz, Jerry Kearns, Larry Krone, Krystine Kryttre, Peter Kuper, Carol Lay, Alfredo Martinez, Dominic McGill, Shirin Neshat, Laura Newman, Elizabeth Olbert, Tom Otterness, Roxy Paine, Joyce Pensato, E. Pierre Louis, Jörg Rode, Jonathon Rosen, Rudy Royval, Christy Rupp, Alison Saar, Lucas Samaras, Keith Sanborn, David Sandlin, David C. Scher, Arlene Shechet, Kate Shepherd, Cindy Sherman, Amy Sillman, Allison Smith, Kiki Smith, Rachel Stevens, Javier Tellez, Miguel Trelles, Fred Tomaselli, Connie Walsh, S. Clay Wilson, Angela Wyman

Exhibition: Each civilization has its myths. These myths embody imaginary figures– from the dragon, the minotaur, the golem, to the super-heroes of commercial culture. Imaginary Beings was concerned with both the interaction of fantasy and reality, and the construction or deconstruction of figures existing within the artists’ imagination. Imaginary Beings exemplified heroes and villains, saviors and demons. They are products of the human condition and our theatrical imagination. Imaginary Beings represented our joys and fears. There is a tradition of imaginary beings within the history of art: from Brueghel to Goya, from the folkloric to the conceptual, from storytelling to theater, from poetry to filmmaking.

The inspiration for Imaginary Beings derived from Jorge Luis Borges’ “The Book of Imaginary Beings,” a poetic investigation into the creatures, monsters and figures embodied in ancient and modern lore. Published in 1967, Borges’ book reflected a cultural fascination and an enduring need for the imaginary figure. The artists selected represented different generations and visual approaches to the ideas expressed by Borges. The exhibition formed a dialogue — from the drawings of Louise Bourgeois, to the photographs of Lucas Samaras and Cindy Sherman, to the comic art of S. Clay Wilson and Jonathon Rosen, and finally to a new generation of artists — with each artist interacting and shaping a contemporary view on this ancient practice.


1995 – 1996

Artists: Ken Butler and the Gnawa Musicians of Morocco, Craig Harris and Tailgater’s Tales, Gametone Orchestra, Biggie Vinkeloe Trio, Daniel Carter and Jos van Wissem, Graham Haynes, Edwin Torres, Sean Meehan, Anne Elliot, Gary Miles, Hil Cato, Lauren Roselli, Nadine Mozone, Reg E. Gaines, Calvin Gaines, Ava Chin, Jerome Jordan, Regie Cabico, Michael DeLia, Fitsum & Ficre, David Weatherspoon aka Hanakia, Galinski, Tracy Morris, Amanda Pollock, Aaron Lozanski and the Area Ensemble, Michael Natale, A.R.E.A., Suran Song in Stag, Sue de Beer, Adam Putnam, Danny Hamilton, Edward Ratliff, Gary Height, The Dean St. F.O.O., Tamio, Trousers, Joshua Roseman, Margot Gezairlian Grib, Matthew Heyner, Douglas Elliott, Man Olivera, Harold Bowser, The Friday Night Dance Group

Event: A weekly Friday evening performance series featuring New York musicians and visiting performers.