Founded in 1972 in downtown Manhattan, Artists Space fosters the artistic and cultural life of New York City as a primary venue for artists' work in all forms. An affinity with emerging ideas and artists is central to our institution, as is attentiveness to the social and intellectual concerns which actively inform artistic practice. We strive for exemplary conditions in which to produce, experience, and understand art, to be a locus of critical discourse and education, and to advocate for the capacity of artistic work to significantly define and reflect our understanding of ourselves.
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Artists Space is a W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy) certified organization.
Artists Space was founded in 1972 by arts administrator Trudie Grace and critic Irving Sandler as a pilot project for the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), with the goal of assisting and presenting emerging and unaffiliated artists. Artists Space quickly became a leading organization in the downtown alternative arts scene in New York, which also included burgeoning institutions such as the 112 Workshop (later renamed White Columns), and the Institute for Art and Urban Resources (which became P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center).
During its first years, all of Artists Space's exhibitions were organized by artists presenting the work of other artists. Other early efforts to engage and help artists included the Emergency Materials Fund, which assisted artists with the presentation of their work at an established nonprofit venue, and the Independent Exhibitions Program, which supported the needs of artists who were involved in the production and presentation of work outside the context of an existing institutional structure. Through the decades, Artists Space has adapted to the shifting needs and concerns of artists and audiences in and outside of New York.
Artists Space has been the site of provocative discussion and experimentation within contemporary artistic debate, from the postmodern image (Douglas Crimp’s Pictures, 1977) to identity politics (Adrian Piper’s It’s Just Art, 1981), to institutional critique (Michael Asher’s Untitled, 1988) to the AIDS Crisis (Nan Goldin’s Witnesses: Against our Vanishing, 1989), and Artists Space has introduced countless artists to a wider public, amongst them Joan Jonas, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Sherrie Levine, Louise Lawler, Laurie Anderson, Barbara Bloom, John Miller, John Baldessari, Jack Smith, Andrea Fraser, Haim Steinbach, Tim Rollins, Lyle Ashton Harris, Ashley Bickerton, Peter Halley, Lari Pittman, Group Material, Stuart Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Laurie Simmons, Anthony McCall, Fred Wilson, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mike Kelley, Judith Barry, Michael Smith, Robert Longo, Jenny Holzer, Pope.L, Hito Steyerl, Danh Vo, and Cameron Rowland.
We begin a momentous new chapter of Artists Space as we open at 11 Cortlandt Alley, our sixth location in downtown New York since 1972, and our most substantial home to date. It was far from a given, amid the tumult of New York real estate, that Artists Space would stay downtown, and we are truly grateful to have been able to secure and renovate this magnificent space to continue our vital work in this city.
Located in the heart of the downtown community where the organization has always flourished, our new home, meticulously renovated by Artists Space board member Martin Cox of Bade Stageberg Cox, offers almost 8,000 square feet of exhibition and program space on two floors of an historic Tribeca building. The design is faithful to the character of the lofts that made downtown Manhattan a vital home for artists and adds a new street-level entrance on Cortlandt Alley to complement the building’s existing entrances on White Street.
An integral presence in the artistic life of downtown New York, Artists Space opened at 155 Wooster Street and subsequently moved to 105 Hudson Street in 1977, 223 West Broadway in 1984, and 38 Greene Street in 1993. To further its dual mission of presenting ambitious exhibitions, as well as film and performance, and serving as an essential site of social and intellectual activity, the organization opened a second Books & Talks space in 2012 at 55 Walker Street. With the move to 11 Cortlandt Alley, our two-floor space allows Artists Space to reunite these streams of activity into a polyphonic whole and support the widest range of artistic work under a single roof.
11 Cortlandt Alley Building Founders
Eleanor Heyman Propp
Claire Distenfeld Olshan
Lucy Freeman Sandler in Memory of Irving Sandler
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Murray A. Abramson
Daniel Buchholz & Christopher Müller
James Cahn & Jeremiah Collatz
Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Mónica Manzutto & José Kuri
Peter & Mari Shaw
Thea Westreich & Ethan Wagner
Charline von Heyl
Aaron Flint Jamison
Tom of Finland
The Cowles Charitable Trust
Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
The Chicago Community Fund
The Danielson Foundation
Herman Goldman Foundation
The Greenwich Collection Ltd.
NYU Community Fund
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation
Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
VIA Art Fund
Executive Director & Chief Curator
Exhibitions Manager & Producer
Finance & Administrative Assistant
Director of Education
Website: Laurel Schwulst Ensemble
Identity: Eric Wrenn Office
Cindy Sherman, Honorary Lifetime Member
Eleanor Cayre, President
Steven Schindler, President
Andy Stillpass, Treasurer
Liam Gillick, Secretary
Claire Distenfeld Olshan
LaToya Ruby Frazier
Eleanor Heyman Propp
Expanded Art Ideas, Artists Space's arts in education program, encourages both mainstream and special education students in New York City’s public schools to develop a personal artistic voice and to utilize their individual creative capacities by providing them with the skills to communicate, document, and publicly exhibit their innovations and talents. EAI's six core programs: Portfolio Development, Photo Club, Art and Literacy: Poetry, Threads of History, Listening to the LES, and Artists in/Ed Space—augment middle and high school classroom curricula in the visual and language arts. Since its inception, the program has closely adhered to New York State standards for teaching visual arts and most recently with New York City’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: Visual Arts Benchmarks. Alongside our core programs, we produce publications and exhibitions of student work, and guide students through applications for Scholastic Awards and entry into specialized arts high schools.
Many accomplished artists and poets have added valuable content and program innovations to our core courses. Two of these projects were initiated at New York's Thread Waxing Space in 1994 under the direction of Ellen Salpeter, Director, Chrysanne Stathacos, Educator and Director of Education, and Gloria Holwerda-Williams, Senior Educator. In June 2001, Chrysanne Stathacos joined Artists Space as its Director of Education and brought Expanded Arts Ideas to Artists Space under the direction of Barbara Hunt McLanahan. We would like to acknowledge the work of the following educators who have helped to shape these projects over the years:
A Constructed World
(Geoff Lowe and Jacqueline Riva)
Sara Jane Stoner
Marco Vera / Mexicali Rose
Expanded Art Ideas is supported by The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; NYU Community Fund; The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; The New York City Department of Education; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and to the Friends of Artists Space Expanded Art Ideas program.
With special thanks to all of the students, teachers, and school administrators for their ongoing dedication, and to the International Print Center New York for co-hosting a spring 2019 intensive for Portfolio Development students at P.S. 140.
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