May 2 through June 14, 2008
Opening Reception May 1, 6 – 9 pm
55 Great Jones Street between Bowery and Lafayette
Werkstätte is pleased to present The A.I.R. Gallery Retrospective: 1972 – 1979.
Opened on September 17, 1972 at 97 Wooster Street, The A.I.R. Gallery was the first women's cooperative gallery in New York. Founded in response to inadequate representation of women artists, and steeped in the ongoing discourse of the women's movement, the principal focus of the gallery was to exhibit the best, if non-traditional, work by female artists. Supplementing its rigorous exhibition schedule (the gallery exhibited 16 shows in its first year) was the “Monday Nights” program: a discursive educational program that utilized a time when galleries are traditionally closed. On select Monday evenings A.I.R. opened its doors to varying speakers, performances, and how-to seminars that covered topics ranging from tax preparation to organizing a cooperative gallery.
This exhibition, co-curated by Werkstätte and Patsy Norvell, surveys the work of the gallery's members from 1972 – 1979. At a time when the New York art scene is again moving downtown, the retrospective seeks to examine an organization that helped to pioneer the SoHo art scene in the seventies. Incorporating painting, sculpture, photography and video, and often utilizing such non-traditional materials as fabric, plastic bags and human hair, the exhibition demonstrates the wide range of work shown at A.I.R. Gallery during these years.
A.I.R. Gallery Retrospective 1972-1979 at WERKSTÄTTE GALLERY