Shop > Artists' Books


Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960-2010

MIT Press
Artists' Books
20.5 × 25.5 × 3 cm

This groundbreaking book—part exhibition catalogue, part cultural history—chronicles alternative art spaces in New York City since the 1960s. Developed from an exhibition of the same name at Exit Art, Alternative Histories documents more than 130 alternative spaces, groups, and projects, and the significant contributions these organizations have made to the aesthetic and social fabric of New York City. Alternative art spaces offer sites for experimentation for artists to innovate, perform, and exhibit outside the commercial gallery-and-museum circuit. In New York City, the development of alternative spaces was almost synonymous with the rise of the contemporary art scene. Beginning in the 1960s and early 1970s, it was within a network of alternative sites—including 112 Greene Street, The Kitchen, P.S.1, FOOD, and many others—that the work of young artists like Yvonne Rainer, Vito Acconci, Gordon Matta-Clark, Ana Mendieta, David Wojnarowicz, David Hammons, Adrian Piper, Martin Wong, Jimmie Durham, and dozens of other now familiar names first circulated.

Through interviews, photographs, essays, and archival material, Alternative Histories tells the story of such famous sites and organizations as Judson Memorial Church, Anthology Film Archives, A.I.R. Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, Franklin Furnace, and Eyebeam, as well as many less well-known sites and organizations. Essays by the exhibition curators and scholars, and excerpts of interviews with alternative space founders and staff, provide cultural and historical context.

Contributors include Jacki Apple, Papo Colo, Jeanette Ingberman, Melissa Rachleff, Lauren Rosati, Mary Anne Staniszewski, Herb Tam

Interviewees include Steve Cannon, Rhys Chatham, Peter Cramer and Jack Waters, Carol Goodden, Alanna Heiss, Bob Lee, Joe Lewis, Inverna Lockpez, Ann Philbin, Anne Sherwood Pundyk and Karen Yama, Irving Sandler, Adam Simon, Martha Wilson

  1. Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960-2010

Related Items

  1. The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds
  2. Laura U. Marks: Enfoldment and Infinity
  3. Screen Ecologies
  4. Gwen Allen: Artists’ Magazines
  5. Amy Brandt: Interplay
  6. Yoko Ono and Joan Rothfuss: Topless Cellist: The Improbable Life of Charlotte Moorman
  7. Materializing Six Years: Lucy Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art
  8. David Robbins: Concrete Comedy: An Alternative History of Twentieth-Century Comedy
  9. Miško Šuvakovi?: The Clandestine Histories of the OHO Group
  10. Sexuality
  11. Walking and Mapping
  12. Mike Kelley: Minor Histories
  13. Vito Acconci: Language to Cover a Page
  14. Subject Matter of the Artist: Writings by Robert Goodnough, 1950-1965
  15. Ed Ruscha: Various Small Books
  16. Felicity D. Scott: Outlaw Territories
  17. Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin: Fantasies of the Library
  18. Hans Haacke: October Files
  19. Archizines Catalogue
  20. Kenneth Goldsmith: Capital
  21. Daniel Barrow: NO ONE HELPED ME
  22. Oliver Husain: Spoiler Alert
  23. Sam Falls: Visible Libraries
  24. Anne Rorimer: Michael Asher: Kunsthalle Bern
  25. Ruth Buchanan: The weather, a building
  26. Eileen Myles: The Importance of Being Iceland
  27. Johannes Wohnseifer: A Secret Show in a Secret Place
  28. Emily Ferretti - Everyday
  29. Oh, Canada
  30. Agnes Martin
  31. Anthem for the People’s Tomorrow
  32. Daan van Golden: Made in Tokyo
  33. Mike Nelson: Magazine
  34. Martha Rosler: The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems BY Steve Edwards
  35. The First 3 Years of Ludlow 38
  36. Bruce Hainley and Elaine Sturtevant: Under the Sign of [ sic]: Sturtevant’s Volte-Face
  37. Christopher Schreck: New Balance