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Martha Wilson, Ally Anderson, FF Alumns, at NYU, Jan. 31, 6:30 PM

Martha Wilson, Alexandra Anderson-Spivy, FF Alumns, at NYU, Jan. 31, 6:30 PM

The Department of Art and Art Professions, New York University Steinhardt School of Education and Franklin Furnace present
"Whither the Alternative Space? New Visions, New Models"
Thursday, January 31, 6:30 pm
Einstein Auditorium
34 Stuyvesant Street
between 3rd and 2nd Avenues, at 9th Street

Reception to follow. Free and open to the public

The "alternative space movement" grew out of dissatisfaction with the confines placed upon art by established institutions. Fueled by federal and state support that became available in the 60s and 70s, it brought dynamic new artists and forms to the attention of the public. Now, in the new millennium, some of these spaces have been coopted by the commercial gallery system or gone out of business. Others have invented new programs, partnerships and virtual forms in order to pursue their missions. They've adopted creative strategies in response to the changing practices and demographics of artists, and the shifting roles of galleries and art museums. In this panel discussion, pioneers of the alternative movement and some of the field's most interesting newcomers will discuss the new organizational models that are emerging for the non-profit artist space.

The panel will include:
Shelly Bancroft, formerly of the Boston Center for the Arts, and the founder of the newest alternative space in New York, Triple Candie. New York Times critic Holland Cotter says of the Harlem-based non-profit, "Triple Candie has the space, and some adventurous ideas about how to use it. May it flourish."

Alan Moore, artist and art historian specializing in the history of artists collaboratives and alternative art spaces since the 1960s, including the collaborative COLAB, of which he is a long-time member.

Anne Pasternak, executive director of Creative Time, a nonprofit organization that has commissioned and presented adventurous public arts projects of all disciplines throughout New York City for nearly 30 years. From the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Grand Central Terminal, and Times Square to milk cartons, the Internet, and billboards, Creative Time has supported artists in invigorating the urban landscape.

Yasmin Ramirez, Consulting Curator of El Museo Del Barrio, and an art historian with broad knowledge of the contemporary scene and special interest in the work of Latino groups such as Charas, a collaborative of Puerto Rican artists located in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Loisada.

Martha Wilson, artist and founder and executive director of the non-profit Franklin Furnace, an archive and digital performance space currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. One of the pioneers of the alternative movement, Wilson is on a self-proclaimed mission to make the world safe for avant-garde art.

Introductions will be made by author, editor, art critic, and former president of the New York chapter of the International Association of Art Critics, Alexandra Anderson-Spivy.

For more information, call 212.998.5799.