Artist-Organized Alternative Spaces: Reflections on the 60s–80s
Sunday July 6, 2014 – Walking + Reading Tour
4:00pm – Meet in front of Carriage Trade**, 62 Walker St.
5:00pm – Meet in front of Artists Space**, 32 Green St., 3rd fl.
** We are making stops at these locations.
** These locations are NOT affiliated with Arts & Labor or this Summer Series. Sorry for any confusion.
In this first session we will attempt to trace the history of “alternative spaces.” Through various site-visits, essays, primary sources, news clipping, chronologies, and personal reflections, we will try to understand the context, possible motors, shifts the landscape, the people involved and their intentions. It’s also important to note that what we know about alternative spaces is still unfolding. New writings by Mary Ellen Lennon and Melissa Rachleff are opening up the idea of alternative spaces to include spaces that involved “different communities, neighborhoods, and concerns ” For the time being, can we identify the various social, political, and economic forces behind their creation, the differences between them, and ultimately, how they appear today?
Readings: (click on the link to view PDF):
“Do It Yourself: A History of Alternatives” Rachleff, Melissa. (2012).
“A Question of Relevancy: New York Museums and the Black Arts Movement, 1968-1971.” Lennon, Mary Ellen. (2006)
“Public Funding and Alternative Spaces.” Wallis, Brian. (2002)
“Caution! Alternative Space”, flyer by Group Material 1981.
more to come…
 Rachleff, Melissa. “Do It Yourself: A History of Alternatives”. Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960 to 2010. Ed. Rosati, Lauren, and Mary A. Staniszewski. 2012. Massachusetts: M.I.T. Press. p26.
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