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What is Alternative Today about ‘Alternative Art Spaces’?                                                           

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Art Spaces Archives Project (AS-AP) announces a panel discussion entitled What is Alternative Today about ‘Alternative Art Spaces’?,” to be held at the College Art Association’s 100th Annual Conference on Saturday, February 25, 2012,  from 12:30-2pm in the West Hall Meeting Room 502A at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa Street, in Los Angeles, CA.

Over the past eight years Art Spaces Archives Project has presented panels at the annual College Art Association Conference that have addressed issues related to the contemporary arts and archives by investigating institutional models and identities, institutional holdings, and the organizational histories of living and defunct alternative art spaces.   Transcripts of each of the panels can be accessed from the Resources section of the as-ap.org site.

As awareness of the cultural, economic, and artistic contributions art spaces make within local and regional areas rises, coupled with drastic reductions in public funding over the past several years; a second wave of ‘alternative art spaces’ has emerged.  This second wave builds on the historic lineage and genealogy of alternative practices employed by first wave spaces, while making significant new contributions through adaptation of earlier models and definitions.  This year’s panel examines the evolution of the term ‘alternative’ as it has been historically defined since the 1960s, the assumptions implicit in the term and the practices associated with it, in relation to more recent manifestations as an examination of what constitutes ‘alternative’ today.

Panelists include:  Caitlin Jones, Executive Director of the Western Front Society in Vancouver, British Columbia; Angie Keefer, co-founder of The Serving Library; and Ronni Kimm, co-editor of Dispatches and Directions: On Artist-run Organizations in Los Angeles and former Director of ART2102 in Los Angeles.  The panel will be moderated by Ann Butler, Project Director of AS-AP, and Director of the Library and Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

About the Panelists

Caitlin Jones is the Executive Director of the Western Front Society in Vancouver, BC. Prior to this appointment she had a combined curatorial and conservation position at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and was the Director of Programming at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York. As a curator and researcher, Jones has also been responsible for developing important tools and policy for the preservation and documentation of electronic and ephemeral artworks.  She was a staff writer for Rhizome and her other writings on contemporary art and new media have appeared in a wide range of periodicals and other international publications including: The Believer, Art Lies, Cory Arcangel: A New Fiesta in the Making (exhibition catalog), Nam June Paik: Global Groove 2004 (exhibition catalog) and an upcoming edition of the Documents of Contemporary Art series published by Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press.

Angie Keefer is a New York-based writer, editor, amateur engineer, and occasional librarian whose speculative non-fiction traces circuitous routes through highly specialized information. Along with Dexter Sinister, she is co-founder of The Serving Library, a non-profit artists' organization dedicated to publishing and archiving in a continuous loop; and co-editor of The Bulletins, The Serving Library's bi-annual publication.

Ronni Kimm is an artist, organizer, and educator based in Los Angeles. As the director of ART2102, a nonprofit arts initiative in Los Angeles, she investigated the relationship between aesthetics, social practice, and networks. She recently co-edited and published Dispatches and Directions: On Artist-Run Organizations in Los Angeles, a compendium of thoughts, and essays including a directory of artist-run and nonprofit projects. In conjunction with the publication, she organized a series of public discussions at LA><ART, Outpost for Contemporary Art, and Human Resources in 2011. 

Ann Butler is the Director of the Library and Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and the Project Director for Arts Spaces Archives Project (as-ap.org).  Prior to joining CCS Bard in 2008, she was Senior Archivist at the Fales Library and Special Collections at New York University where she helped build a mixed format collection of archival materials relating to the contemporary and performing arts.  Before joining Fales, she was the Archivist for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum where she implemented an enterprise-wide museum archives program.  Ann has lectured widely on the preservation and documentation of moving image and electronic media works.  She has participated in a number of international initiatives focusing on the preservation of cultural heritage materials.  Her research interests include the intersection of archives and the contemporary arts; documentation and preservation issues for performance and installation-based works; and the increasing convergence of archives and museum collection management practices for contemporary art-related collections.

 

About Art Spaces Archives Project

Art Spaces Archives Project (AS-AP) is a non-profit initiative founded by a consortium of arts organizations, including Bomb Magazine, College Art Association, Franklin Furnace Archive, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), New York State Artist Workspace Consortium, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. With funding provided by NYSCA, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, AS-AP has a mandate to help preserve, present, and protect the archival heritage of living and defunct for- and not-for-profit spaces of the "alternative" or "avant-garde" movements of the 1950s to the present.  AS-AP's website, www.as-ap.org, serves as an online portal for information and documentation about the history of alternative art spaces including a national index of active and defunct spaces, as well as information about archives, tools to assist in archiving, and other resources for scholars and researchers interested in alternative and avant-garde movements.

 

About the Center for Curatorial Studies

In January 2007 AS-AP merged with the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard. CCS Bard is an exhibition, education, and research center dedicated to the study of art and curatorial practices from the 1960s to the present day. In addition to the CCS Bard Galleries and the Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard houses the Marieluise Hessel Collection of more than 2,000 contemporary works, as well as an extensive library and archive that are accessible to the general public. The Center’s two-year graduate program in curatorial studies is specifically designed to deepen students’ understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of curating contemporary art. Exhibitions are presented year-round in the CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art, providing students with the opportunity to work with world-renowned artists and curators. The exhibition program and the collection also serve as the basis for a wide-range of public programs and activities exploring art and its role in contemporary society.

For more information please call CCS Bard at 845-758-7566, write ccslib@bard.edu or visit http://www.bard.edu/ccs/

 

As part of AS-AP’s mission to preserve, present, and protect the archival heritage of living and defunct for- and not-for-profit art spaces, AS-AP has partnered with Exit Art to make available online dozens of significant interviews conducted by Herb Tam, Associate Curator – Exit Art, and Lauren Rosati, Assistant Curator – Exit Art, as part of the curatorial research conducted for the 2010 exhibition, Alternative Histories. AS-AP is transcribing the interviews and publishing them online over a period of two years, from 2011 through 2012. For more information please go to AS-AP’s Oral Histories.




As part of AS-AP’s mission to preserve, present, and protect the archival heritage of living and defunct for- and not-for-profit art spaces, AS-AP has established an agreement with the UB Art Galleries to make available online interviews with artists and curators conducted by Sandra Q. Firmin as part of her curatorial research for the 2010 exhibition, Artpark: 1974-1984.

AS-AP will be transcribing the interviews and publishing them online this spring. The interviews include: David Katzive, and artists Jody Pinto, Mary Miss, and Pat Oleszko. In addition, Sandra Firmin is conducting several newly commissioned interviews with key figures associated with Artpark and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, including Rae Tyson – Visual Arts Coordinator, Artpark, 1974-1978; Mark Lawton – Deputy Commissioner, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; and Charlie Clough - founding member, Hallwalls. For more information please go to AS-AP’s Oral Histories.



As part of AS-AP’s mission to preserve, present, and protect the archival heritage of living and defunct for- and not-for-profit art spaces, AS-AP has partnered with Exit Art to make available online dozens of significant interviews conducted by Herb Tam, Associate Curator – Exit Art, and Lauren Rosati, Assistant Curator – Exit Art, as part of the curatorial research conducted for the 2010 exhibition, Alternative Histories.

AS-AP is transcribing the interviews and publishing them online over a period of two years, from 2011 through 2012. For more information please go to AS-AP’s Oral Histories.
 

ART SPACES ARCHIVES PROJECT PRESENTS PANEL DISCUSSION TO BE HELD AT THE COLLEGE ART ASSOCIATION’S 99TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE


“Oral Histories and the Archive”

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Art Spaces Archives Project (AS-AP) announces a panel discussion entitled “Oral Histories and the Archive,”to be held at the College Art Association’s 99th Annual Conference on Wed. February 9th, 2011, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY in the Gibson Room, 2nd Floor.

Over the past seven years Art Spaces Archives Project (AS-AP) has presented panels at the annual College Art Association Conference that have addressed contemporary art related archives by investigating institutional models and identities, institutional holdings, and the organizational histories of living and defunct alternative arts spaces. Transcripts of each of the panels can be accessed from the Resources section of the as-ap.org site, http://as-ap.org/caa-conferences

As part of its mission to document the history of alternative art spaces, AS-AP has been commissioning the production of oral history interviews with the founders, former and current directors, and curators of significant alternative art spaces throughout the United States: http://as-ap.org/oral-histories  Oral and video history interviews have been used as key research and documentation tools within art history and its related disciplines as a means of capturing first-person accounts of specific events, individuals, institutions and organizations. Through a first-person narrative, oral and video histories in many ways complement, expand, challenge and periodically contradict historical narratives found within archives. 

This year’s panel will investigate oral history initiatives, programs, and methodologies from the perspectives of the art museum, the artist's estate, and the curator.  Each panelist will provide an overview of the ways they have created, commissioned, or used oral histories, and the relationship between oral histories as an archival resource, a documentation tool, and a cultural and historical record.  Panelists include Michelle Elligott, Museum Archivist at MoMA; Sandra Q. Firmin, Curator, University at Buffalo Art Galleries; and Pamela Sharp, Artist/ Oral Historian and the Executive Director of the Estate of Willoughby Sharp.  The panel will be moderated by Ann Butler, Project Director of AS-AP, and Director of the Library and Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.


About the Panelists

Michelle Elligott  In addition to directing the MoMA Archives, Michelle Elligott also co-edited the Museum's first self-published history: Art in Our Time.  She also served as co-curator of the MoMA exhibitions, 1969 and Abstract Expressionist New York. With her "Modern Artifacts" column, she is a regular contributor to the art magazine Esopus.  She has taught seminars in Latin America and has lectured widely. In 2005 she was designated a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Athens, Greece. Prior to joining MoMA, Michelle Elligott was Assistant Director at the C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland.  She holds degrees in Art History from Smith College and the City University of New York, and she also studied at the Université de Paris IV, Sorbonne and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece.

Sandra Q. Firmin has been curator of the UB Art Gallery, Center for the Arts since 2003. She holds an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (2002) and was awarded a Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative Fellowship at Arcadia University Art Gallery (2003).  She co-curated Kim Jones: A Retrospective with Julie Joyce.  The exhibition was accompanied by the catalog Mudman: The Odyssey of Kim Jones, co-edited with Julie Joyce and published by MIT Press (2006).  Firmin recently organized Artpark: 1974–1984, which chronicles the seminal years of this innovative residency program located in Lewiston, New York, just north of Niagara Falls, in which artists spent summers creating temporary artworks outdoors. In addition to the exhibition catalog, Artpark: 1974-1984, which was co-published by Princeton Architectural Press (2010), Sandra Firmin has published contributions to exhibition catalogues for Max Protetch (New York, 2008) and the Wharf, Centre d'art contemporain de Basse-Normandie (2007).

Pamela Sharp is an artist, oral historian, and Executive Director of the Estate of Willoughby Sharp. Since 1983 she has been a print production manager of museum-quality art and photography books. While on staff at MoMA, she worked with John Szarkowski and Richard Benson on Photography Until Now. In 2003, while she was Director of Catalogue Production at Phillips de Pury and Company, Pamela was introduced to Willoughby Sharp. In 2005, Pamela and Willoughby travelled to Europe to give presentations of his work.  In residence in Berlin in 2006, with a grant from DAAD, Pamela shot a 24-hour video history of Willoughby Sharp. In 2007, she collaborated with Willoughby on his exhibition, REAPPEARANCE at the Mitchell Algus Gallery.  That same year, with DeWitt Godfrey, she co-curated a small retrospective of Willoughby’s work at the Clifford Gallery, Colgate University.  Willoughby Sharp passed away in December 2008 after a long battle with throat cancer. Pamela organized his Memorial at The Guggenheim Museum in November 2009.  In 2010, she co-produced with Duff Schweninger a 38-minute documentary on The Live Injection Point at the Franklin Street Art Center as part of the exhibition, Alternative Histories at Exit Art. Pamela is currently working on a comprehensive chronology of Willoughby Sharp's career beginning in 1957.

Ann Butler is the Director of the Library and Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and the Project Director for Arts Spaces Archives Project (as-ap.org).  Prior to joining CCS Bard she was Senior Archivist at the Fales Library and Special Collections at New York University. Before joining Fales, she was the Archivist for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.  She has participated in a number of international initiatives focusing on the preservation of cultural heritage materials within archives and museum domains and she has lectured widely on contemporary art related archives. Her research interests include documentation practices and preservation issues for performance, technology, and installation-based works, and the increasing convergence of archives and museum collection management practices for contemporary art-related collections.   She holds degrees from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, The New School, and Rutgers University.


About Art Spaces Archives Project

Art Spaces Archives Project (AS-AP) is a non-profit initiative founded by a consortium of arts organizations, including Bomb Magazine, College Art Association, Franklin Furnace Archive, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), New York State Artist Workspace Consortium, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. With funding provided by NYSCA, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, AS-AP has a mandate to help preserve, present, and protect the archival heritage of living and defunct for- and not-for-profit spaces of the "alternative" or "avant-garde" movements of the 1950s to the present.  AS-AP's website, www.as-ap.org, serves as an online portal for information and documentation about the history of alternative art spaces including a national index of active and defunct spaces, as well as information about archives, tools to assist in archiving, and other resources for scholars and researchers interested in alternative and avant-garde movements.


About the Center for Curatorial Studies

In January 2007 AS-AP merged with the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard. CCS Bard is an exhibition, education, and research center dedicated to the study of art and curatorial practices from the 1960s to the present day. In addition to the CCS Bard Galleries and the Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard houses the Marieluise Hessel Collection of more than 2,000 contemporary works, as well as an extensive library and archive that are accessible to the general public. The Center’s two-year graduate program in curatorial studies is specifically designed to deepen students’ understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of curating contemporary art. Exhibitions are presented year-round in the CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art, providing students with the opportunity to work with world-renowned artists and curators. The exhibition program and the collection also serve as the basis for a wide-range of public programs and activities exploring art and its role in contemporary society.

For more information please call CCS Bard at 845-758-7566, write ccslib@bard.edu or visit www.bard.edu/ccs

AS-AP makes available online several oral history interviews with the founders, current and former directors, and curators of significant alternative art spaces in the United States. Funding for the project was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

Transcripts for each of the interviews are available on the AS-AP website.  Some of the interviews include:  Martha Wilson, the Founding Director of Franklin Furnace; Mark Tribe, founder of Rhizome Amy Sadao, Executive Director, Visual AIDS, and many others.

Exit Art has announced their upcoming exhibition Alternative Histories, a history of New York City alternative art spaces and projects since the 1960s.

Through audio interviews, a reading room of magazines and publications, documentation, ephemera and narrative descriptions, the exhibition will tell the story of over 130 spaces, elaborating on the significant contributions that these organizations have made to the cultural fabric of New York City. They gave visibility and inclusion to otherwise excluded artists and ideas. The idealism of the founders, the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in sustaining these histories, against all odds, illustrates the dynamic purposes that continue to propel the artistic scene in New York.

September 24 – November 24, 2010
Opening Friday, September 24 / 7-9pm

To download the official press release click here.

For more information please visit the Exit Art website.

Art Spaces Archives Project implements an open source content management system, Drupal to improve and manage the AS-AP website. The new website, launched in late September 2010, includes the following enhancements: more multimedia content, greater search functionality within the AS-AP site to retrieve all content related to specific art spaces, exhibitions, and individuals.

During the summer of 2010, AS-AP will be updating its current database. If your organization is listed, if you would like to create a new listing, or if there is an organization you think should be added, please contact Mackenzie Schneider at artspacesarchivesproject at gmail dot com.