Artists Space

Social Surfaces

October 26 – November 1, 2017

A Fundraising Exhibition to Support Our Relocation to 80 White Street in 2018

A composited image of a gallery scene, building from a street view, hand gun, and a blue rose against a yellow back ground, distorted through buldges and pulls.
Louise Lawler, Egg and Gun (distorted for the times, dire), 2008/2017 [A composited image of a gallery scene, building from a street view, hand gun, and a blue rose against a yellow back ground, distorted through buldges and pulls.]

Bortolami
39 Walker Street

Alexander and Bonin
47 Walker Street

Artists Space
55 Walker Street

Pearl River Mart
395 Broadway

In 2018, Artists Space will relocate to a new two-story ground-level space: its sixth home in downtown New York and, at nearly 8,000 square feet, its largest and most prominent location to date. Social Surfaces is a fundraising exhibition that initiates the ambitious 80 White Street Campaign in support of the development of this next chapter.

Artists have donated major artworks, and Social Surfaces presents their rigorous and groundbreaking artistic practices along with archival materials that document Artists Space’s rich history. A program of performances, screenings, readings, and other activities accompanies the exhibition. Social Surfaces is not an auction, and funds raised will directly benefit construction in the new building. Artists Space would like to thank Alexander and Bonin, Bortolami, Pearl River Mart, and the 80 White Street Founding Artists for their immeasurable enthusiasm and generosity.

Artists Space was founded in 1972 in order to fill an urgent gap in the visibility and support of then-emerging contemporary art in its most radical forms: site-specific installation, new conceptions of painting and sculpture, performance art, intermedia, underground music, artists’ films, and critical thought via public discourse. From that legendary era forward, Artists Space has continually reinvented its position as an indispensable incubator, resource, and active agent in our field. With our move to 80 White Street, we are committed to yet again manifesting Artists Space as the bedrock of contemporary art ideas and a highly visible beacon of downtown Manhattan amidst all the radical and atomizing changes the art world and this city are experiencing.

Yuji Agematsu
Richard Aldrich
Harold Ancart
Ed Atkins
Darren Bader
Barbara Bloom
Glenn Branca
Kerstin Brätsch
Cecily Brown
Nicolas Ceccaldi
Moyra Davey
Trisha Donnelly
Ralston Farina
Ellen Gallagher
Isa Genzken
Rachel Harrison
Charline von Heyl
Alex Hubbard
Jacqueline Humphries
Aaron Flint Jamison
Rashid Johnson
Joan Jonas
Sanya Kantarovsky
Mike Kelley
Jutta Koether
Jeff Koons
Michael Krebber
Lois Lane
Louise Lawler
Margaret Lee
Sam Lewitt
Kam Mak
Mathieu Malouf
Nick Mauss
Rita McBride
Lucy McKenzie
Ree Morton
Matt Mullican
Tom Murrin
Albert Oehlen
Laura Owens
Charlemagne Palestine
Adrian Piper
Seth Price
Josephine Pryde
Sam Pulitzer
R. H. Quaytman
Carissa Rodriguez
Rachel Rose
David Salle
Richard Serra
Amy Sillman
Jack Smith
Lise Soskolne
Haim Steinbach
Hito Steyerl
Cheyney Thompson
Tom of Finland
Stewart Uoo
Peter Wächtler
Kara Walker
Kelley Walker
Jeff Way
Christopher Williams
David Wojnarowicz
Jordan Wolfson

Saturday, October 28, 7 p.m.
Artists Space, 55 Walker Street

A performance by Marico Kondo & Yuji Agematsu, and readings by Charles Bernstein and Constance DeJong


Sunday, October 29, 2 p.m.
Artists Space, 55 Walker Street

A screening by Ericka Beckman


Monday, October 30, 7 p.m.
Artists Space, 55 Walker Street

Performances by Ying Liu and Server, and a soundscape by DeForrest Brown Jr. and The Actual School (Nick James Scavo and Xander Seren)


Wednesday, November 1, 7 p.m.
Artists Space, 55 Walker Street

Readings by Moyra Davey and Lana Lin

Alexander and Bonin
47 Walker Street

October 26 – October 29
Tom Murrin, Backyard Full Moon Show, 1982

October 30 – November 1
Seth Price, Redistribution, 2017


Artists Space
55 Walker Street

Thursday, October 26
Julia Heyward, This is My Blue Period, 1977

Friday, October 27
Pope.L, Shopping Crawl, 2001

Saturday, October 28
DIVA TV, Target City Hall, 1989

Sunday, October 29
Ericka Beckman, Hit and Run, 1977

Monday, October 30
Michael Smith, Down in the Rec Room, 1979

Tuesday, October 31
Geoff Dunlop, In the Shadow of the West, 1984

Wednesday, November 1
James Richards, Rosebud, 2013

A diagonal view of photographs, paintings, sculptures, and prints against two walls. In the corner of the walls rest a TV displaying a person with their back turned.
Installation view of Social Surfaces at Pearl River Mart, New York, October 26 - November 1, 2017. Photo: Ron Amstutz [A diagonal view of photographs, paintings, sculptures, and prints against two walls. In the corner of the walls rest a TV displaying a person with their back turned.]
A wooden platform on wheels surrounded by a border of small poppy red brick-like sculptures, that continue to surround the base of a white pole. Sculptures and paintings are visible on the back wall behind the wooden platform.
Installation view of Social Surfaces at Pearl River Mart, New York, October 26 - November 1, 2017. Photo: Ron Amstutz [A wooden platform on wheels surrounded by a border of small poppy red brick-like sculptures, that continue to surround the base of a white pole. Sculptures and paintings are visible on the back wall behind the wooden platform.]
A wide blue mop with a yellow handle is tethered to a white pillar by a black cord, and is stretched with the handle angled forward. Resting against the pillar is a tv, angled and facing slightly leftwards, displaying a sculpture in a parking lot.
Installation view of Social Surfaces at Pearl River Mart, New York, October 26 - November 1, 2017. Photo: Ron Amstutz [A wide blue mop with a yellow handle is tethered to a white pillar by a black cord, and is stretched with the handle angled forward. Resting against the pillar is a tv, angled and facing slightly leftwards, displaying a sculpture in a parking lot.]
A view of paintings and photographs across three walls in the space. Black columns divide the room, to the left, a sculpture is displayed on the ground.
Installation view of Social Surfaces at Pearl River Mart, New York, October 26 - November 1, 2017. Photo: Ron Amstutz [A view of paintings and photographs across three walls in the space. Black columns divide the room, to the left, a sculpture is displayed on the ground.]
A large painting illuminated by lights hangs on a wall behind two black columns. A small sculpture sits on the ground in front of it. Smaller artworks are visible on the connecting walls.
Installation view of Social Surfaces at Pearl River Mart, New York, October 26 - November 1, 2017. Photo: Ron Amstutz [A large painting illuminated by lights hangs on a wall behind two black columns. A small sculpture sits on the ground in front of it. Smaller artworks are visible on the connecting walls.]
A wooden bench with a white, dome-like structure attached to its corner. Two framed drawings hang on the wall in the background.
Installation view of Social Surfaces at Pearl River Mart, New York, October 26 - November 1, 2017. Photo: Ron Amstutz [A wooden bench with a white, dome-like structure attached to its corner. Two framed drawings hang on the wall in the background.]
An angled view of paintings and photographs against multiple walls. In the background, a pink wall installation is mounted.
Installation view of Social Surfaces at Pearl River Mart, New York, October 26 - November 1, 2017. Photo: Ron Amstutz [An angled view of paintings and photographs against multiple walls. In the background, a pink wall installation is mounted.]
An opened case, with camera equipment resting inside gray foam, is displaye in the center of a room. A large black and white painting with text is hung on a wall underneath a hanging sculpture. In the background, individual papers of beer logos displayed behind glass stretch across two connecting walls.
Installation view of Social Surfaces at Pearl River Mart, New York, October 26 - November 1, 2017. Photo: Ron Amstutz [An opened case, with camera equipment resting inside gray foam, is displaye in the center of a room. A large black and white painting with text is hung on a wall underneath a hanging sculpture. In the background, individual papers of beer logos displayed behind glass stretch across two connecting walls.]