Exit Art is pleased to announce our final exhibition EVERY EXIT IS AN ENTRANCE: 30 YEARS OF EXIT ART. Founded in 1982 by Executive Director Jeanette Ingberman and Artistic Director Papo Colo, Exit Art has grown from a pioneering alternative art space into an innovative cultural center. We have supported and fostered a vibrant, interdisciplinary artistic community in New York, organizing over 200 exhibitions, events, festivals and programs featuring more than 2,500 artists. Consistently challenging social, political, aesthetic and curatorial norms, Exit Art has organized historical exhibitions; presented the work of young, emerging, under-recognized and mid-career artists; produced experimental theater and performance works; and organized national and international film and video programs. Committed early on to experimenting with the intersections of film, video, performance, music, publications, design and visual art, Exit Art remained steadfast in its mission to provide new possibilities and opportunities for both artists and audiences alike.

At the heart of the institution is the relationship between Co-Founders Ingberman and Colo, who met in the late 1970s during a studio visit, fell in love, founded Exit Art, and dedicated their lives to nurturing a cultural center that responded to some of the most prescient issues of our time. EVERY EXIT IS AN ENTRANCE: 30 Years of Exit Art explores this rich history, from its founding in a loft apartment on Canal Street in 1982 to its years in SoHo at 578 Broadway (1984-1992) and 548 Broadway (1992-2002) and to its current Hell’s Kitchen location.

The retrospective exhibition will feature extensive documentation from Exit Art’s archives, including posters, promotional graphics, photographs, and elements of the innovative in-house exhibition designs employed in past exhibitions, as well as the work of a selection of artists championed over the years. In conjunction with the exhibition, Exit Art is organizing a series of events including film screenings, theater and performance programs, live performance and music, artist talks, curatorial presentations, panel discussions, and more. The exhibition will also include a reading library of materials Exit Art has published. Co-Founder Papo Colo will present a personal exhibition of photographic materials that celebrate the spirit of Exit Art, with a focus on the life of co-founder Jeanette Ingberman who passed away in August 2011.


(as of March 6, 2012):
John Ahearn, Vito Acconci, Candida Alvarez, Ida Applebroog, Suzanne Anker, Sonia Balassanian, Alvin Baltrop, Brandon Ballengée, Willie Birch, Nina Bovasso, Luis Camnitzer, Michael Chernishov, Sue Coe, Papo Colo, Jimmie Durham, Nicole Eisenman, Mary Ellen Strong, Ming Fay, John Fekner, Judy Fox, Rico Gatson, Chitra Ganesh, Nancy Grossman, Guerra de la Paz, Jane Hammond, Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds, Charles Juhasz-Alvarado, Brad Kahlhamer, Jerry Kearns, Shu Lea Cheang, Jason Lujan, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Carrie Mae Weems, Alfred Martinez, Marcus Morales, Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson, Antoni Muntadas, Nancy Spero & Leon Golub, Iván Navarro, Shirin Neshat, Roxy Paine, Joyce Pensato, Adrian Piper, Juan Sanchez, Cindy Sherman, Francesco Simeti, Tim Hillis & Gale Jackson, Fred Tomaselli, Anton Van Dalen, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Cecilia Vicuña, David Wojnarowicz, Revel Woodard, Martin Wong


April 12, 2012 / 7pm
Free and open to the public

Blinderman will recount the impassioned reactions to “Tongues of Flame,” the traveling retrospective of David Wojnarowicz’s art that he organized in 1990 at Illinois State University in Normal and which traveled to Exit Art. His presentation will include images of the artist’s work, brief video clips, and a look at some of the propaganda leaflets, angry letters, and news headlines, culminating in the artist’s successful and historic lawsuit against the American Family Association.

May 17, 2012 / 7pm
Curatorial Talk: BORYANA ROSSA
Free and open to the public

Boryana Rossa will speak about her 2009 exhibition “Corpus Extremus (LIFE+),” the second in Exit Art’s Curatorial Incubator Program, which expanded Exit Art’s commitment to young and emerging talent, providing curators and scholars in contemporary art with financial, material and administrative support towards curatorial projects. Mary Anne Staniszewski served as Curatorial Incubator Director.

“Corpus Extremus (LIFE+)” presented work by individual artists and collaborations who employed bio- and media- technologies to investigate questions of life and death. Representing a revolution in interdisciplinary research and practices, the exhibition and supplemental programming offered a critical evaluation of science and technology through art.

Trickster Farewell
Saturday, May 19, 2012 / 6-10pm

Live performances by the Trickster Theater organized by Papo Colo. The event will be followed by Colo’s final performance at Exit Art, “Sweeping Memories,” a ritual cleansing of Exit Art’s space that acts as a metaphor for Exit Art’s closing and Colo’s retirement as Artistic Director.

More events to be announced.

EVERY EXIT IS AN ENTRANCE: 30 Years of Exit Art is curated by Senior Curator Rachel Gugelberger with Assistant Curator Lauren Rosati and Curatorial Assistant Lauren Graves. Film programming is organized by Curatorial Assistant Candice Strongwater.


Support for “Every Exit is an Entrance: 30 Years of Exit Art” is provided by The Ford Foundation and the Institute of International Education (IIE). General exhibition support provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Bloomberg LP; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Greenwall Foundation; Jerome Foundation; Lambent Foundation; Lily Auchincloss Foundation; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn; and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.