Artists Space presents the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of ART CLUB2000. Spanning the group's entire career, from 1992 until their planned dissolution in 2000, the exhibition will include restagings of ART CLUB2000's complex and theatrical multimedia installations and site-specific mise en scène, as well as the presentation of extensive ephemera and research material, much of which has never been on public view.
Formed in 1992, the fabled collective ART CLUB2000 provocatively articulated eminent crises in youth and artistic identities within the neoliberal post-recession economy that epitomized 1990s New York. Under the guidance of the mercurial art dealer Colin de Land, who hosted the group's debut exhibition in 1993 at American Fine Arts, Co., the members, all Cooper Union students, conceived of their collaboration as an opportunity to parody and critique the dispassionate Generation X attitudes that were celebrated in commercial culture and advertising of the time. Overtly employing their own youth, they began at a time when the New York art world was eager for the voices and images of emerging-artist-personae. After receiving press coverage for their first exhibition, ART CLUB2000 became the group’s official name and simultaneously set the terms of its own demise with the promise to disband at the turn of the millennium. The group would produce an exhibition for each of the next seven summers at American Fine Arts, Co., as well as participating in solo and group exhibitions at institutions across the US and abroad.
Taking the group’s seven New York City exhibitions as its central focus, Selected Works 1992–1999 elucidates the artists’ radical and expansive exhibition-making techniques, weaving together discrete exhibitions and their multifaceted elements—wall paintings, sculptures, texts, interviews, photographs, videos—into a comprehensive overview of the group’s working trajectory. Over the past three years, Artists Space has undertaken the preservation of ART CLUB2000's extensive archive, which serves as the foundation for reconstructing many of these installations for the first time since their original display.
ART CLUB2000:Selected Works 1992–1999 has been realized in partnership with Kunsthalle Zürich, where it will be on view from September 4 – November 7, 2021.
Founding members of the group were Patterson Beckwith, Gillian Haratani, Danny McDonald, Shannon Pultz, Sarah Rossiter, Soibian Spring and Craig Wadlin. The configuration of the group changed occasionally as exhibitions were made; when Rossiter resigned after the first exhibition, Will Rollins joined the group. Colin DeLand passed away in 2003 at the age of 47.
ART CLUB2000: Selected Works 1992-1999 is supported by Barbara and Howard Morse, Anonymous, and The Friends of Artists Space.
Additional support provided by Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, The Cy Twombly Foundation, The David Teiger Foundation, The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The New York Community Trust, 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, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, The Danielson Foundation, The Fox Aarons Foundation, Herman Goldman Foundation, The Destina Foundation, The Luce Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, VIA Art Fund, Arison Arts Foundation, The Chicago Community Fund, The David Rockefeller Fund, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, The Jill and Peter Kraus Foundation, The Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation.