From The Archives:
White Columns & 112 Greene Street – 1970-2021 …
White Columns is happy to announce ‘From The Archives: White Columns & 112 Greene Street / 112 Workshop, 1970 – 2021…’ an exhibition that considers the ongoing legacy of New York’s oldest non-profit, alternative art space. Drawn exclusively from the organization‘s archives the exhibition charts the history of White Columns over the past five decades: from its beginnings at 112 Greene Street in SoHo to its current home in the Meatpacking District. White Columns was founded by a group of artists in October 1970 and was originally known as 112 Greene Street / 112 Workshop. The organization was renamed White Columns in 1980 following its move to 325 Spring Street.
The exhibition is structured around a display of archival materials – inc. press releases, posters, flyers, correspondence, mission statements, exhibition schedules, installation images, etc. – that runs through the gallery in the form of a timeline. Three large vitrines contain a selection of printed exhibition announcements from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. (The gallery largely stopped producing printed invitations c. 2008.) A further series of smaller vitrines focus on some twenty key projects from the organization’s fifty-year history – including those dedicated to exhibitions by Gordon Matta-Clark (1972), Louise Bourgeois (1974), Lee Quiñones and Fred Bathwaite (1980), Group Material (1987), Cady Noland (1988), and Fred Wilson (1990) among others.
Over the past fifty years – literally – thousands of artists have contributed to and helped to shape 112 Greene Street’s and White Columns’ programs. The exhibition, given the constraints of space, can only be a partial account of all this extraordinary activity. The gallery’s full archives can now be accessed online via our website at www.whitecolumns.org/archive/ – a resource that is constantly being updated and augmented as new archival materials come to light.
The exhibition is ultimately a testament to the collective efforts, shared enterprise and persistence of the many people who helped to establish, run, sustain, and nurture both 112 Greene Street and White Columns over the past fifty-one years, inc. its staff, its volunteers, its board members, its funders, its audience, and, most crucially, the artists whose work was – and remains – central to the organization’s mission.