Gregory Sholette: “East Village Artists Battle Gentrification Circa 1984“

Taiping Tianguo Lower Manhattan walking tours

Gregory Sholette: “East Village Artists Battle Gentrification Circa 1984“ Taiping Tianguo Lower Manhattan walking tours | Events Calendar
Courtesy of e-flux.

E Village / LES

e-flux | 311 East Broadway

In conjunction with Taiping Tianguo, e-flux has organized a series of guided walks in the East Village, Lower East Side, and downtown Manhattan led by Ryan Wong, Julie Ault and Amy Zion, and Gregory Sholette. These walks—given by artists, colleagues, and historians—will address cultural activities that took place in these locations in the late 1970s and early ’80s. Each will provide unique and personal contexts for considering the work of Ai Weiwei, Frog King Kwok, Tehching Hsieh, and Martin Wong included in the exhibition.

Taiping Tianguo explores connections between these four Chinese artists, who lived and worked in New York during the heady days of the 1980s and early ’90s. During that period, New York was welcoming a diaspora of creative people while also experiencing the critical early years of the AIDS pandemic. At the same time in China, the contemporary art scene was battling authoritarian censorship and repression.

Gregory Sholette: “East Village Artists Battle Gentrification Circa 1984“
Saturday, March 8, 2pm
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Gregory Sholette will take you on a trip back to the mean streets of the Lower East Side in the 1980s. This tour will visit sites where the activist art collective Political Art Documentation/Distribution (PAD/D, 1980–1988) staged a series of ephemeral projects in opposition to the gentrification of the neighborhood. The group invented a series of imaginary art galleries, including The Leona Helmsley, Discount Salon, and Guggenheim Downtown, which were in reality a string of boarded-up buildings covered with posters decrying real estate speculators and the “East Village” art scene.

Gregory Sholette is an artist and writer whose publications include It’s The Political Economy, Stupid, coedited with Oliver Ressler, Dark Matter: Art and Politics in an Age of Enterprise Culture, (both Pluto Press UK), as well as Collectivism After Modernism with Blake Stimson (University of Minnesota Press), and The Interventionists with Nato Thompson. His recent solo exhibition Collectibles, Action Figures and Objects was on view at Station Independent Gallery in New York City, and his participatory project Imaginary Archive will be traveling to Kiev, Ukraine in the spring. Sholette is an Associate of the Art, Design and the Public Domain program at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, a member of the Curriculum Committee of Home WorkSpace, Beirut, and a faculty member of the Queens College Art Department, City University of New York, where he helped establish the new MFA Concentration SPQ (Social Practice Queens).

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