October 2 - December 12
Organized by Karen E. Jones, Independent Curator
Archive Bound examines methodologies within the presentation, documentation, historiography, and exhibition display of non-object based and site-specific artworks. Additionally, the exhibition includes books, photographs, and ephemera associated with Conceptual, Performance, and Site-Specific Art practices. Several first generation avant-garde figures lay the groundwork for a discourse on the contemporary utilization of these crucial genres.
The premise of Conceptual, Installation, and Performance practices emerging in the 1970s was a polemic based on non-material art production. Artists were aggressively refusing both the materiality of the art object, the gallery/museum circulation and the resultant commercial value of the art product within the context of the art market. The ephemeral nature of the performance and the dematerialization of the art object were the intellectual currency of the performance and conceptual movements. These historical practices set in place the groundwork for a second-generation of performance and conceptually based artworks and ushered in the present day conundrum regarding their (re)presentation within a museum setting.
Artists included are: Laylah Ali, Justin Amrhein, Cory Arcangel, Aurora De Armendi, Sophie Calle, Paul Chan, Rainer Ganahl, Jacqueline Goss & Jenny Perlin, Guerrilla Girls, Paula Hayes, Thomas Hirschhorn, Sasha Huber, Liz Magic Laser, Dean Moss, Karyn Olivier, James Romberger, Martha Rosler, Marion Scemama, Seth Siegelaub & Robert Projansky, Situationist International, Marguerite Van Cook, Martha Wilson, and David Wojnarowicz.
Karen E. Jones is an art historian and curator of modern and contemporary art. She has curated exhibitions at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Museum, among other venues. She has written numerous articles and reviews for publications such as Art and Text, Tema Celeste, and Time Out New York. She currently teaches art history at the City University of New York.