Artists Space

ART CLUB2000: Selected Works 1992-1999

October 21 – January 9, 2021

Artists Space presents the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of ART CLUB2000, realized in partnership with Kunsthalle Zurich, where the exhibition will travel in Fall 2021. Spanning their 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.

A painting on the wall of an industrial room depicts a network of television antennas, repeated horizontally. Cartoon birds sit atop the poles, each with a numbered speech bubble floating above their heads.
ART CLUB2000, Gli Avvoltoi (The Vultures), 1995, wall painting. Installation view of FuoriUso '95: caravanserraglio arte contemporane, Fuori Uso, Pescara, Italy, 1995. The wall painting was originally produced for the exhibition Milanarian at Gallerie Facsimile, Milan, Italy, 1995. [A painting on the wall of an industrial room depicts a network of television antennas, repeated horizontally. Cartoon birds sit atop the poles, each with a numbered speech bubble floating above their heads.]

Formed in 1992, the fabled collective ART CLUB2000 (AC2K) provocatively articulated emergent crises in youth and artistic identities within the neoliberal post-recession economy that epitomized 1990s New York. Under the guidance of legendary art dealer Colin de Land, who hosted their debut exhibition in 1993 at his gallery, American Fine Arts Co., the members (all Cooper Union students) conceived of their collaboration as an opportunity to embody their own sardonic vision of the dispassionate Gen X attitudes that were so celebrated in commercial culture and advertising of the time. Overtly employing their own youth, they materialized themselves in 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, at the same time, set the terms of its own demise with the promise to disband at the turn of the millennium. They would go on to produce an exhibition for each of the next seven summers at American Fine Arts, Co., and participated in solo and group exhibitions at institutions across the US and internationally.

Taking the group’s seven New York City exhibitions as its central focus, Selected Works 1992-1999 will elucidate the artists’ radical and expansive exhibition-making techniques, weaving together discrete exhibitions and their multifaceted elements—wall paintings, sculptures, texts, interviews, photographs, videos, written correspondences—into a comprehensive overview of the group’s working trajectory, which at times betrayed competing agendas for the direction of AC2K’s work. Over the past three years, Artists Space has undertaken the preservation of AC2K’s extensive archive, which provides the foundation for reconstructing many of these installations for the first time since their original display.

Following its New York premiere, the exhibition will travel to Kunsthalle Zurich 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 funded by Anonymous, Barbara and Howard Morse, The Friends of Artists Space, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.