The Art World Version of an Underground Concert

08/28/2009 12:46 PM |

Specials Taco Stand

In an interesting survey of how artists and curators are exploring new ways of displaying their work to avoid the commercial gallery system (and its current crisis), Art In America looks at three projects in New York that are staging brief, nomadic exhibitions and installations in unconventional spaces. They profile Parlour, whose organizers Ciara Gilmartin and Leslie Rosa-Stumpf (formerly of Deitch Projects), curate brief exhibitions in private apartments — their seventh opens today in Manhattan.

Artists Ridley Howard and Mitchell Wright’s 106 Green, in Greenpoint, is another series of exhibitions held in Wright’s studio and living space. The most unusual of the indie exhibition series AiA profiles, though, is Specials (pictured), a project by Lisa Sigal and Paul Ramírez Jonas that moves locales with each new presentation, features a taco stand designed by Sigal and offers a new specially designed taco at every exhibition. I can think of a couple more alternate gallery models though.

The project No Longer Empty, a collaborative effort by artists and curators, turns empty storefronts into temporary gallery spaces. Their first exhibition took place at the Chelsea Hotel back in early July, and their second show, Reflecting Transformation, is on display in an empty retail space at 450 W 16th Street through September 26.

In Downtown Brooklyn, Ad Hoc Art (a gallery in Bushwick) and the Metrotech Business Improvement District, have turned a series of empty spaces in buildings slated for demolition on Willoughby Street between Bridge and Duffield into a massive art installation. The project, Willoughby Windows, may be the most spectacular instance of an alternative exhibition space in recent New York art memory (and remains on view through November 5).