This class, led by Andrew Russeth, will be the second in the Conversion Strategies: Temporary-Use and the Visual Arts series. Andrew Russeth is a writer based in New York. He publishes the contemporary art blog, 16 Miles of String (http://www.16miles.com/) and writes about art for The New York Observer.
This class is a walking tour that presents a history of postwar art activity in downtown Manhattan, focusing on public artworks and performances that were held in the area and spaces—artist studios, apartments, bars, commercial galleries, and alternative institutions, which will be a particular emphasis—that once resided there.
While discussing projects in the area below Canal Street by artists such as Robert Irwin, Yoko Ono, Christopher D’Arcangelo, Louise Lawler, Richard Serra, Martha Wilson, Marcel Duchamp, Sherrie Levine, and David Hammons, the tour will focus specifically on the diverse strategies that were used to fund, curate, and administer various initiatives, like the Fine Arts Building (home to Artists Space, the New Museum, the Julian Pretto Gallery, and more), the Alternative Museum, 112 Franklin Street, the Institute for Art and Urban Resources, and numerous artist-run spaces.
The tour will meet October 9, 2011 at 5 p.m. in the Financial District in Louise Nevelson Park, a triangle bounded by William Street, Liberty Street, and Maiden Lane, a few blocks from the A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, 5 stops along Fulton Street. It will last a bit over an hour and conclude at the Ear Inn, at 325 Spring Street, between Washington and Greenwich Streets.
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See also: Conversion Strategies: Temporary-use and the Visual Arts, Conversion Strategies: Temporary-use and the Visual Arts v2