Edited by Klaus Biesenbach, Bettina Funcke. Text by Phil Aarons, Marina Abramovic, Sarah Arison, agnčs b, Linda Blumberg, Janet Cardiff, Chris Dercon, Peter Eleey, Fred Fisher, Tony Guerrero, Larissa Harris, Alanna Heiss, Jonathan Lill, Glenn D. Lowry, Warren Niesluchowski, Carolee Schneemann, Oliver Shultz, James Turrell, Rebecca H. Quaytman, Jeff Weinstein, Martha Wilson, Andrea Zittel. Historical texts by Vito Acconci, Carl Andre, Rudy Burckhardt, Douglas Davis, Simone Forti, Tina Girouard, Philip Glass, Marcia Hafif, Jene Highstein, Nancy Holt, Patrick Ireland, Les Levine, Sol LeWitt, Richard Nonas, Lucio Pozzi, Charlemagne Palestine & Carol Parker, Hannah Wilke.
The first-ever history of New York's pioneering art space, with film stills, ephemera and photography in a scrapbook style
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Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Edited by Klaus Biesenbach, Bettina Funcke. Text by Phil Aarons, Marina Abramovic, Sarah Arison, agnčs b, Linda Blumberg, Janet Cardiff, Chris Dercon, Peter Eleey, Fred Fisher, Tony Guerrero, Larissa Harris, Alanna Heiss, Jonathan Lill, Glenn D. Lowry, Warren Niesluchowski, Carolee Schneemann, Oliver Shultz, James Turrell, Rebecca H. Quaytman, Jeff Weinstein, Martha Wilson, Andrea Zittel. Historical texts by Vito Acconci, Carl Andre, Rudy Burckhardt, Douglas Davis, Simone Forti, Tina Girouard, Philip Glass, Marcia Hafif, Jene Highstein, Nancy Holt, Patrick Ireland, Les Levine, Sol LeWitt, Richard Nonas, Lucio Pozzi, Charlemagne Palestine & Carol Parker, Hannah Wilke.
Since its inception in the early 1970s, MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens, has been a crucible for radical experimentation. Committed to New York City as well as to maintaining an international scope, PS1 has always put the artist at the center, engaging practitioners at work in every discipline from performance, music, dance, poetry and new media to painting, sculpture, photography and architecture. This groundbreaking publication captures the vibrancy of a long and venerable tradition that began with the legendary series of performances and events organized by founder Alanna Heiss under the Brooklyn Bridge in 1971.
Organized into four main sections that delve into the former school’s rich history as an art center during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s up to the present, the book features in-depth conversations between Heiss and Klaus Biesenbach, the director of MoMA PS1 from 2010 to 2018, and more than 40 recollections by artists, curators and critics closely associated with the institution—including Marina Abramovic, James Turrell, agnčs b, Rebecca Quaytman, Carolee Schneemann and Andrea Zittel.
Presenting extensive photographic documentation of historic exhibitions and performances and related ephemera from the archives, plus an illustrated chronology and comprehensive exhibition history, this indispensable volume offers a vivid chronicle of the extraordinary history of MoMA PS1.
Klaus Biesenbach is Director of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and former director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator at Large at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Bettina Funcke is an art historian based in New York. She has taught and published widely, and is currently editing a book on the history of MoMA PS1.
Phil Aarons is President of the board of Printed Matter.
Marina Abramovic is Serbian performance artist, writer, and art filmmaker.
Sarah Arison is a film producer and President of the Miami-based Arison Arts Foundation.
Agnčs b is a French fashion designer.
Linda Blumberg is former Director of the Art Dealers Association of America.
Janet Cardiff is Canadian artist who works chiefly with sound and sound installations.
Chris Dercon is Belgian art historian and curator. He is former Director of Haus der Kunst in Munich and Tate Modern in London.
Peter Eleey is Chief Curator of the MoMA PS1, New York.
Fred Fisher is former American Lawyer.
Tony Guerrero is former Director of Operations and Exhibitions at MoMA PS1.
Larissa Harris is Curator at the Queens Museum of Art.
Alanna Heiss is Founder and Director of Clocktower Productions, a non profit arts organization.
Jonathan Lill is Leader of the MoMA Exhibition Files Project at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Glenn D. Lowry is American art historian and Director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Warren Niesluchowski was American artist, writer, editor, translator and Vietnam War deserter.
Carolee Schneemann was an American visual experimental artist, known for her multi-media works on the body, narrative, sexuality and gender.
Oliver Shultz is Curator and historian of modern and contemporary art.
James Turrell is American artist primarily concerned with Light and Space.
Rebecca H. Quaytman is American contemporary artist.
Jeff Weinstein is former editor of arts coverage at New York’s Soho Weekly News (1977-79); of visual arts and architecture criticism at the Village Voice (1981-95); of the fine arts at the Philadelphia Inquirer (1997-2006); of arts and culture at Bloomberg News (2006-07).
Martha Wilson is American feminist performance artist and the founding director of Franklin Furnace Archive art organization.
Andrea Zittel is American artist based in Joshua Tree, California.
Published by Koenig Books. Text by Negar Azimi, Tess Edmonson, Peter Eleey, Bruce Hainley, Luca Lo Pinto, Andrew Norman Wilson, Dena Yago.
Full of linguistic games and puns, and expressed in texts, photos and installations, the work of New York conceptualist Darren Bader (born 1978) launches a playful form of institutional critique while embracing the conventions through which art circulates (in these respects, his work has been seen as partially a dialogue with certain concerns of Marcel Duchamp). Whether sculptural (using found elements) or linguistic, Bader's pieces tend to incorporate all components of the art system: the work, the artist, the gallery owner, the collector, the exhibition visitor and readers of his texts. This book documents his first solo exhibition in Italy, for which he plays with the traditional format of a solo show and turns it into an analytical tool of models by which works of art are mediated within an institutional space. It also includes an invitation to exhibit addressed to a series of other artists, whose works are presented together with Bader’s.
Published by MoMA PS1. Text by Douglas Crimp, Peter Eleey, Thomas J. Lax, Mia Locks.
MoMA PS1 presents the fourth iteration of Greater New York. Recurring every five years, the exhibition has traditionally showcased the work of emerging artists living and working in the New York metropolitan area. Considering the “greater” aspect of its title in terms of both geography and time, Greater New York. begins roughly with the moment when MoMA PS1 was founded in 1976 as an alternative venue that took advantage of disused real estate, reaching back to artists who engaged the margins of the city. In conjunction with the exhibition, MoMA PS1 is publishing a series of readers that will be released throughout the run of the exhibition. These short volumes revisit older histories of New York while also inviting speculation about its future, highlighting certain works in the exhibition and engaging a range of subjects including disco, performance anxiety, real estate and newly unearthed historical documents. The series features contributions from Fia Backström, Mark Beasley, Gregg Bordowitz, Susan Cianciolo, Douglas Crimp, Catherine Damman, David Grubbs, Angie Keefer, Aidan Koch, Glenn Ligon, Gordon Matta-Clark, Claudia Rankine, Collier Schorr, and Sukhdev Sandhu, concluding with a round-table conversation with exhibition curators Peter Eleey, Douglas Crimp, Thomas J. Lax and Mia Locks. The series is edited by Jocelyn Miller, Curatorial Associate, MoMA PS1.
Published by Rainoff. Text by Peter Eleey, Michel Leiris, Jack Spicer, Gertrude Stein.
This is an expanded edition of the first comprehensive review of American abstract painter Matt Connors (born 1973), first published for his 2012 exhibition Impressionism at MoMA PS1. Connors takes rubbings from his studio floor, pouring layers of paint into the fabric like dye, or using wet paintings as stamps.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 7.5 x 9.5 in. / 176 pgs / 93 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 7/26/2016 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2016 p. 154
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780997251104FLAT40 List Price: $40.00 CDN $54.00 GBP £35.00
Published by Walther König, Köln/MoMA PS1/Museo Jumex. Edited by Magali Arriola, Peter Eleey. Interview by David Sewell.
”I see my autobiography as an arbitrary segment of so many pages of time, of things that I have paid attention to at this point in my life,” wrote James Lee Byars (1932–1997) in 1969. He was then 37, about half the average male lifespan at the time, and accordingly thought it appropriate to write his “1/2 autobiography.” Byars’ art ranged from highly refined objects to extremely minimal performance and events, and books, ephemera and correspondence that he distributed widely among friends and colleagues. Today, more than 15 years after his death, assessments of his art must negotiate Byars’ performance of his charismatic self in his life and art. For his first major posthumous survey in the US, exhibition curators Magalí Arriola and Peter Eleey decided to produce a catalogue in two “halves,” playing on his “1/2 autobiography”: a catalogue of the exhibition itself, including new scholarship, and a sourcebook of primary documents. 1/2 an Autobiography, Sourcebook constitutes the latter volume--a reference guide filled with photographs and documents drawn from a variety of archival sources, including The Getty Research Institute, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives, MoMA and Byars’ own papers. This volume also includes a series of previously unseen interviews that artist and art historian David Sewell conducted with Byars in the late 1970s in preparation for a book that was never published. These discussions cover a number of Byars’ major projects, among them The World Question Center, The Holy Ghost and the artist’s time at CERN.
Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Text by Peter Eleey. Interview by Bruce Hainley and Michael Lobel.
Sturtevant has been repeating the works of her contemporaries since 1964, using some of the most iconic artworks of her generation as a source and catalyst to explore originality and authorship. Beginning with her versions of works by Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol, Sturtevant initially turned the visual logic of Pop art back on itself, probing uncomfortably at the workings of art history in real time. Yet her chameleonlike embrace of other artists' work is also what has allowed her to be largely overlooked in the history of postwar American art. As a woman making versions of the work of better-known male artists, she has passed almost unnoticed through the hierarchies of mid-century modernism and postmodernism, at once absent from these histories while nevertheless articulating their structures. Published to accompany the first retrospective of her work organized by a US museum, this publication presents Sturtevant as an artist who adopts style as her medium to expose aspects of art making, circulation and canonization. Featuring works drawn from all periods of her career and previously unpublished sketches from her archive, it links Sturtevant's earliest repetitions to the video works she has produced since 1998, providing a comprehensive overview of her practice while situating it firmly within postwar American culture.
Sturtevant was born in Lakewood, Ohio, in 1924. She had her first solo show in 1965 at the Bianchini Gallery in New York. Solo exhibitions of her work have since been held at Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (1992), Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2004), Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris (2010) and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2012). In 2011, Sturtevant received the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the 54th Venice Biennale.
Peter Eleey is Curator and Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs at MoMA PS1.
Bruce Hainley is a Los Angeles-based writer and MFA professor of criticism and theory in the graduate program at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and the Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California. He is a contributing editor at Artforum and Frieze.
Michael Lobel is Professor of Art History at Hunter College.
Published by MoMA PS1. Text by Laura Hoptman, Naima Keith. Interview by Peter Eleey.
Los Angeles-based artist Henry Taylor (born 1958) applies his brush both to canvas and to unconventional materials--suitcases, crates, cereal boxes, cigarette packs--using everyone and everything around him as source material. While Taylor drew and painted in his youth, he studied art formally only later in life, attending the California Institute of the Arts after working for ten years as a psychiatric nurse at a state hospital. This experience sharpened his interest in, and appreciation for, individuals from all economic and social backgrounds, and encouraged a passion to create an intensely empathetic style of portraiture. Published on the occasion of Taylor’s 2012 exhibition at MoMA PS1, where the artist established his New York studio for the duration of the show, the publication explores Taylor’s ambitious and deeply humanistic project to present a worldview defined by the people--extraordinary and ordinary--with whom we live.
Published by Mousse Publishing. Edited by Jens Hoffmann. Foreword by Milovan Farronato. Text by Peter Eleey, Elena Filipovic, Juan A. Gaitán, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Maria Lind, Chus Martínez, Jessica Morgan, Adriano Pedrosa, Joăo Ribas, Dieter Roelstraete.
It has become almost obligatory to introduce a book on curating by noting the plethora of recent publications on the subject. How, in just a few short years, did we reach this point of saturation? What questions, exactly, do all these books address? Many attempt to offer an overview of the curatorial field as it exists today, or attempt to map its historical trajectory. Others propose a series of case studies under a common curatorial theme. All are hoping to contribute to this relatively new discipline and its accompanying canon. Edited by Jens Hoffmann, Ten Fundamental Questions of Curating offers a real critique of existing publications and modes of thinking by explicitly asking the questions that others have missed, ignored or deemed already answered: What is a curator? What is the public? What is art? What about collecting? What is an exhibition? Why mediate art? What to do with the contemporary? What about responsibility? What is the process? How about pleasure? Here, Peter Eleey, Elena Filipovic, Juan A. Gaitán, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Maria Lind, Chus Martínez, Jessica Morgan, Adriano Pedrosa, Joăo Ribas and Dieter Roelstraete each propose and then address one question. Ten Fundamental Questions of Curating takes a back-to-basics approach--a return to a kind of zero-degree state--at a time when a recalibration of what a curator is and does seems both necessary and urgent.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6 x 9.5 in. / 144 pgs.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 10/31/2013 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2014 p. 146
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788867490530TRADE List Price: $27.50 CDN $37.50
Published by MoMA PS1. Edited by Peter Eleey. Introduction by Peter Eleey. Foreword by Klaus Biesenbach. Text by W.H. Auden, Alexander Dumbadze, Peter Eleey, Robert Hullot-Kentor, Alexander Kluge, W.J.T. Mitchell.
The attacks of September 11, 2001 were among the most pictured disasters in history, yet they remain, a decade later, underrepresented in cultural discourse--particularly within the realm of contemporary art. Responding to these conditions, MoMA PS1 curator Peter Eleey brings together more than 70 works by 41 artists--many made prior to 9/11--to explore the attacks’ enduring resonance. Eschewing both images of the event itself and art made directly in response, the exhibition and its accompanying catalogue provide a subjective framework within which to reflect upon the attacks and their aftermath, and explore the ways that they have altered how we see and experience the world in their wake. Opening on the tenth anniversary of the attacks, September 11 includes works by Diane Arbus, John Chamberlain, Bruce Conner, Christo, Ellsworth Kelly, Mary Lucier, Stephen Vitiello and others.
Published by Aspen Art Press/The Hammer Museum. Text by Douglas Fogle, Peter Eleey, Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, Yasmil Raymond.
Since 1986, Dutch artist Mark Manders (born 1968) has been developing an ongoing project titled Self-Portrait as a Building. Taking the form of sculptures, installations, drawings and projections, these works map Manders' artistic persona through the conceptual model of a built edifice, in the fashion of the Renaissance memory theater. Inspired by writings on this subject and by other literature, Manders' earliest works in this project were primarily written, but over time, Manders found ways to deploy everyday three-dimensional objects--epoxy figures, animals, teabags, pencils, household furniture--to build a portrait of his own mind as an architectural space. As the artist explains, "this imaginary building, being composed of discrete objects, can shrink or expand at any moment. In this building, all words created by mankind are on hand." This publication accompanies the first North American touring exhibition of Manders' work.
Published by Damiani. Text by Peter Eleey, Jason Smith, Eric Schwab.
Walead Beshty (born 1976) has long used photography as a tool to explore social conditions. In 2001, the artist began documenting the abandoned embassy of the defunct Iraqi Diplomatic Mission in the former East Berlin. This publication focuses on three related bodies of work that continue Beshty's engagement with the invisible territories of globalization.
Published by Creative Time Books. Text by Peter Eleey, Nato Thompson.
In 2007, artist Mike Nelson transformed the disused interior of the Essex Street Market on New York's Lower East Side, taking audiences on a journey through his installation “A Psychic Vacuum,” a series of reconstructed rooms and passageways filled with enigmatic props, clues and assemblies. Over the next two years, the artist meticulously recreated that journey in this superbly designed and fully illustrated artist's book.
PUBLISHER Creative Time Books
BOOK FORMAT Clth, 6.5 x 9 in. / 196 pgs / 200 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 11/30/2010 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2010 p. 128
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9781928570110TRADE List Price: $39.95 CDN $50.00
Published by Walker Art Center. Text by Peter Eleey, Olaf Blanke, Ina Blom, Peter Osborne, Margaret and Christine Wertheim.
Artists have always used their imaginations to see beyond visible matter--to posit other physics, other energies, new ways of conceiving the visible and new models for art--but the past century has seen an explosion of such investigations. In the fashion of a Wunderkammer, The Quick and the Dead takes stock of the 1960s and 70s legacy of experimental, or "research" art by pioneers like George Brecht, who posited objects as motionless events and asked us to consider "an art verging on the non-existent, dissolving into other dimensions," and Lygia Clark, whose foldable sculptures sought to dissolve the boundary between inside and outside, each "a static moment within the cosmological dynamics from which we came and to which we are going." In a series of encounters with art made strange by its expansions, contractions, inversions and implosions in time and space, The Quick and the Dead surveys more than 80 works by a global, multigenerational group of 50 artists, scientists and musicians--among them James Lee Byars, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Duchamp, Harold Edgerton, Ceal Floyer, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Pierre Huyghe, The Institute for Figuring, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Stephen Kaltenbach, On Kawara, Christine Kozlov, David Lamelas, Louise Lawler, Paul Etienne Lincoln, Mark Manders, Kris Martin, Steve McQueen, Helen Mirra, Catherine Murphy, Bruce Nauman, Rivane Neuenschwander, Claes Oldenburg, Roman Ondák, Adrian Piper, Roman Signer and Shomei Tomatsu, among many others. Includes reprints of texts by diverse luminaries such as John McPhee, Jalal Toufic, Oliver Sacks, Allan Kaprow and Robert Smithson.
Published by Aspen Art Press. Text by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, Peter Eleey, George Stranahan, Jeremy Sigler, Paul Valéry.
Drawing on unconventional means of transformation, such as alchemy and magic, as a way to examine the metaphysical changes that occur when materials are used to conceptualize complex ideas, Now You See It--which includes work by Walead Beshty, Alexandra Bircken, Ceal Floyer, Tom Friedman, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Wade Guyton, Wolfgang Laib, Robert Morris, William O'Brien, Mitzi Pederson, Dieter Roth, Robert Ryman, Fred Sandback, Anna Sew Hoy, Gedi Sibony, Rudolf Stingel, Lawrence Weiner, Jennifer West and Erwin Wurm--proffers the notion that visual recognition alone is insufficient to determine an object's materiality. In this volume, published concurrently with an exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum, the question of materiality is recontextualized--through insightful essays by Aspen Art Museum Director Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson and Peter Eeley, Visual Arts Curator of the Walker Art Museum--as more than a mere struggle between content and form. Other contributions are by Paul Valéry and Jeremy Sigler.
Published by Walker Art Center. Text by Peter Eleey, Philip Bither.
Best known for her innovative choreography, which revolutionized Modern dance, Trisha Brown has for many years made drawings and other works beyond the stage that integrate the performing and visual arts. Drawing has long featured prominently in her practice, shifting from a tool for schematic composition into a fully realized component of her broader investigation into the limits of her own body. Whether she is working within the frame of a sheet of paper, on the wall or on the stage, Brown delights in the play between structure and improvisation, between repetition and invention and between choice and chance. This volume, published to accompany an exhibition at the Walker Art Center, presents a broad survey of Brown's visual arts practice going back more than three decades. Featuring over 40 drawings, it includes essays by exhibition curator Peter Eleey and performing arts curator Philip Bither, as well as a specially-commissioned survey of Brown's drawing vocabulary contributed by the artist.
Published by Creative Time Books. Edited by Peter Eleey. Introduction by Anne Pasternak. Text by Alex Farquharson. Interview by Jane &Louise Wilson.
In 2006, with the assistance of the New York public art agency Creative Time, the Turkish-born, London-based video artist Haluk Akakçe launched his monumental Las Vegas installation, Sky is the Limit, above four blocks of open-air casinos, kiosk vendors and vintage neon icons on the infamous strip, Fremont Street. Utilizing the latest technology to create a "realer than real" experience, Haluk Akakçe's work stages a confrontation between artificial and organic life, suggesting both the liberating and alienating power of technology, and evoking an alternate fluid sense of space and time. According to art critic Alex Farquharson, Akakçe opens a view into "a world of seemingly endless possibility…where it seems one may become anything simply by believing in its possibility."
PUBLISHER Creative Time Books
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 7 x 10 in. / 56 pgs / 42 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 5/1/2007 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2007 p. 131
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9781928570042TRADE List Price: $29.95 CDN $39.95 GBP £27.00
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Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Foreword by Glenn D. Lowry and Anne Pasternak. Text by Klaus Biesenbach, Peter Eleey, Doug Aitken.
In January and February of 2007, the Los Angeles-based video artist Doug Aitken projected a new work, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art and the New York arts institution Creative Time, onto seven facades on and around MoMA's fabled West Fifty-third Street building. Sleepwalkers was both inspired by, and offered in opposition to, the densely built midtown environment; it integrated itself onto the surfaces on which it was projected, and it challenged viewers' perceptions of architecture and public space. The piece, which follows the trajectories of five characters as they make their way through nocturnal New York, explores Aitken's key recurring themes: broken and recombined narratives, the rhythm and flow of information and images, and the relationship of individuals to their environment. The viewer, as a pedestrian, a participant and a vital component of New York's energetic system, becomes part of the work, and of the interactive personal landscape that Aitken creates in and among the hard-edged concrete and glass language of Manhattan's architecture. In addition to documentation of Sleepwalkers, this publication contains an overview of the artist's work to date, with special emphasis on works since 2001. It also contains conversations between Aitken and a variety of artists, architects, writers and performers about different elements of city life, from the lit signage of Times Square to a taxi driver's eye view of the streets.
Published by Asia Society/Creative Time. Essays by Peter Eleey. Foreword by Vishakha Desai and Anne Pasternak. Introduction by Gary Garrels.
Commissioned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Central Park, Cai's Light Cycle fireworks display lit the New York sky with a circle of explosions on a September night in 2003. This 24-page accordion book documents it all from planning to performance, executed by the famous Grucci fireworks family. Separating the book's hardbound cloth covers reveals a continuous folded sheet with reproductions of Cai's gunpowder drawings (made by burning scant gunpowder on paper) on one side and photographs of the event and text on the other. In an interview, the artist compares his drawings to “love-making” and explains some technical aspects of his displays, such as a computer chip in each explosive shell.
PUBLISHER Asia Society/Creative Time
BOOK FORMAT Clothbound, 12.25 x 9.25 in. / 24 pgs / 16 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 7/15/2005 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2005 p. 151
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780878480982TRADE List Price: $32.95 CDN $43.95 GBP £28.99