ABC No Rio is a collectively-run center for art and activism, known internationally as a venue for oppositional culture. Founded by artists committed to political and social engagement in the 1980s, ABC No Rio retains these values to the present.
Owned and operated by New York State in Lewiston, New York, Artpark opened in 1974 as an unprecedented experiment in site-specific public art. Artpark’s visual arts program flourished between 1974 and 1984 with over two hundred artists and collectives participating. The following interviews were conducted by Sandra Q. Firmin, curator, at the UB Art Galleries, and curator of the 2010 exhibition, Artpark: 1974-1984.
Founded in 2004 as a non-profit organization in New York City, Bidoun serves as a platform for new questions, images, and ideas about the Middle East with activities in three major areas including: publishing, education, and curatorial initiatives.
Cabinet Magazine is a publication produced by Immaterial Incorporated, a non-profit art and culture organization founded in 1999 and based in Brooklyn, New York.
Dexter Sinister is a workshop opened by David Reinfurt and Stuart Bailey in 2006 on the Lower East Side in New York City. The workshop is intended to model a 'Just-In-Time' economy of print production, running counter to the contemporary assembly-line realities of large-scale publishing. Joined by Sarah Crowner, Dexter Sinister combines the characteristically distinct identities of designer, producer, publisher, and distributor, whose gadfly practice is located in specific projects, but also in pedagogy.
Franklin Furnace was founded in 1976 by artist Martha Wilson to champion ephemeral forms neglected by mainstream arts institutions. Its mission is to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content.
Godzilla, Asian American Art Network was a group of New York-based Asian American artists and arts professionals that provided a forum that fosters networking, documentation, and information exchange for Asian and Pacific Islander (A&PI) visual artists. The group, established in 1990, operated through regular meetings and public forums, newsletters, and exhibitions.
Founded in 1979, Group Material was a New York City-based organization of artists dedicated to the creation, exhibition, and distribution of art that increased social awareness.
The Guerilla Art Action Group (GAAG) was formed by artists Jon Hendricks and Jean Toche with intermittent participation from Poppy Johnson, Silvianna and others. The group, which was active beginning in the late 60s, produced art actions to unsettle people in positions of power within cultural institutions.
Hallwalls was founded in 1974 in Buffalo, New York by a group of young artists. The exhibition space was dedicated to new work by local artists and providing opportunities for exchange between them and artists in other cities. The focus was always interdisciplinary, featuring not only visual artists, but also musicians, writers, filmmakers, and video and performance artists. Hallwalls soon established itself as an influential force for innovation within the community as well as nationally, and stretched its then minimal resources by joining forces with other cultural institutions-both larger and smaller-on collaborative projects. All of these founding principles and artistic strategies continue to guide the organization today.
High Performance magazine was a quarterly journal for documentation and commentary on experimental art and performance art in particular. Published from 1978-1997, the magazine gave a direct voice to artists, and because of its grassroots approach to artistic journalism, many of today's more prominent artists received early exposure in the magazine.
Founded by writer Linda Frye Burnham and performance artist Tim Miller in 1989, Highways has been a leading force in offering a diverse cultural perspective to Southern California residents. In its twenty-first year, Highways continues to be an important alternative cultural center in Los Angeles that encourages new artists from diverse communities to develop and present innovative works.
New Langton Arts Center, originally known as 80 Langton Street, was officially founded in 1975 by a group of artists, gallery owners, and patrons as a non-profit organization dedicated to experimental art. NLA’s legacy is one of supporting several generations of artists and presenting defining works in many mediums by artists of local, national, and international reputation.
Founded in December 2001 as an educational corporation and not-for-profit alternative space, PARTICIPANT INC seeks to provide a venue in which artists, curators, and writers can develop, realize, and present ambitious projects within a context that recognizes the social and cultural value of artistic experimentation. The mission of PARTICIPANT INC is to serve artists through in-depth consideration, presentation, and the publishing of critical writing; and to introduce this work into public contexts through exhibitions, screenings, performances, and educational programs. Our mission builds upon alternative space methodologies, particularly a commitment to interdisciplinary, intergenerational exhibition making, and an insistence upon placing together, in one space, work from various mediums — encouraging the coexistence of visual and time-based art. The programming priorities of PARTICIPANT INC reflect the premise that artists produce significant work through a deep relationship with an organization whose focus is its committed collaborations with them. By encouraging experimentation and project-based exhibitions for artists at many different stages of their careers, PARTICIPANT INC strives to address the changing context of alternative arts presenting and to respond responsibly to the diverse practices of artists.
Founded in 1996 as an intimate email list subscribed to by some of the first artists to work online and, twelve years later, a thriving nonprofit, Rhizome has played an integral role in the history, definition and growth of art engaged with the Internet and networked technologies. Rhizome is dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. Through open platforms for exchange and collaboration, Rhizome serves to encourage and expand the communities around these practices.
Founded as an artist collective in 1971 by Woody and Steina Vasulka, The Kitchen is a non-profit, interdisciplinary organization that provides innovative artists working in the media, literary, and performing arts with exhibition and performance opportunities to create and present new work. Using its own extensive history as a resource, the organization identifies, supports, and presents emerging and under-recognized artists who are making significant contributions to their respective fields as well as serves as a safe space for more established artists to take unusual creative risks.
Linda Mussmann founded Time & Space Ltd (TSL) in 1973 in New York City and Claudia Bruce joined as co-director in 1976. Originally housed in a Chelsea storefront, TSL's mission was to create theater that critiqued the status quo in art and politics and envisioned new ways of seeing and thinking. TSL has operated in Hudson for the past 19 years with an expanded mission to educate, enliven, and expand the artistic quality of life in the community it serves and to propose alternatives in art and activism through community-based projects. By adding a range of programming including movies, an art gallery, topical discussions, and in-depth youth programs, Mussmann and Bruce have expanded TSL into a flourishing organization that functions as artistic innovator and community resource.
Visual AIDS was one of the first national initiatives to record the impact of the AIDS pandemic on the artistic community. Documenting HIV-positive artists', Visual AIDS preserves their place in history and reveals the impact of AIDS on contemporary art. Visual AIDS is a resource for art programming promoting AIDS awareness and HIV-prevention. Based in New York City, it has brought together the arts and AIDS communities through its renowned national projects.
The founding of the Woman's Building in Los Angeles in 1973 was the culmination of several years of activity by women artists who were energized by the feminist movement in this country. Home to the first independent school for women artists, the Feminist Studio Workshop (FSW), the facility was also home to galleries, theater companies, Sisterhood Bookstore, Womantours Travel Agency, a coffeehouse, and the offices of the National Organization for Women. Until its closing in 1991, the Woman's Building was an internationally recognized symbol of the vitality and substance of women's creative achievements.