White Columns

Gallery 179 Canal / Anyways

Organized by Margaret Lee

Artists include:

Anicka Yi
Josh Kline
Caitlin Keogh/Graham Anderson
Gregory Edwards
Alisa Baremboym
Michael Caputo
Nolan Simon
Thomas Torres Cordova/Charles Mayton
Andrei Koschmieder
Yemenwed
Jared Madere
Devon Costello
Trevor Shimizu
Antoine Catala
K. Mustermann
Liz Wendelbo
Stewart Uoo
Margaret Lee


“The thing about looking back is that you can look back at what happened in that linear way or you can look back at what was digested. Then you decide whether to retell the story or you decide to float forwards on whatever trajectory got you there in the first place. Anyways, the space (179 Canal) is currently a mahjong parlor and the project (179 Canal) is here, with what we’ve always had – a loose but tight commonality, not in the details but in the connections. This is not a look back/look forward, it’s a look here now. What brings us all together is hard to pin down; that’s too easy. Let's just say it's something about letting go and it doesn't have much to do with history. This is a portrait and I’m its arranger and I couldn’t be more grateful. Till later and thanks, M.L., N.Y.C., 2010.”

White Columns is please to present ‘179 Canal / Anyways’ an exhibition organized by Margaret Lee.

Founded by artist Margaret Lee, 179 Canal was an artist-run space located above street level on one of New York’s busiest thoroughfares. Between March 2009 and June 2010 some 14 exhibitions, 15 performances, 1 public project on the building’s exterior, 4 stairwell installations, 2 web projects and a handful of parties took place there.179 Canal took the form of a dialog between Lee and an ever expanding group of artists and collaborators. (More than 75 artists and performers would eventually contribute to 179’s programs.) About this dialog Lee has said: “179 Canal was spurred by an ongoing communication with friends - who participated in making 179 what it became - about the lack of a real artists' space in NYC. I never had to look far for projects since it wasn't about finding something but making sure the conversation remained open and continuous - friend to friend, peer to peer - amongst a group of artists who were tired of art about art, business as usual, and the heavy history of a past that wasn't necessarily ours to reference. The work coming in was always strong but what pulled it all together was that context was put up for grabs and freely exchanged. And with that, the artists, their work and the program were able to find their feet.”

Following 179 Canal’s closure – White Columns invited Margaret Lee to organize an exhibition that took the activity that unfolded at 179 Canal as its departure point. Neither a nostalgic survey nor a retrospective consideration of the space’s programs ‘179 Canal / Anyways’ instead re-structures aspects of the recent past into the form of an exhibition that is decidedly engaged in the present-tense and the ongoing dialog between Lee and many of her 179 co-conspirators.

Margaret Lee is an artist based in New York. In January 2010 she had a White Room exhibition at White Columns that she developed in collaboration with Michele Abeles and Darren Bader. For more visit: www.179Canal.com

Lee would like to thank Griffin Editions/Mike Vorrasi, Electronic Arts Intermix and every artist that exhibited at 179 Canal. “WC # 31,” the zine that accompanies this exhibition was edited by Sameer Kapoor.

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Chronology of projects at 179 Canal

179 Canal/Anyways at White Columns October 29 - December 4, 2010 Alisa Baremboym Josh Kline Anicka Yi Gregory Edwards Caitlin Keogh/Graham Anderson Michael Caputo Nolan Simon Andrei Koschmieder Thomas Torres Cordova/Charles Mayton Yemenwed Jared Madere Devon Costello Trevor Shimizu Antoine Catala K. Mustermann Liz Wendelbo Stewart Uoo Margaret Lee

179 Canal in Home and Origin :: curated by Rodrigo Mallea Lira :: Bukowskis :: Sweden September 8 – October 1, 2010 Amy Lien Emily Sundblad/Margaret Lee Tova Carlin Michele Abeles/Margaret Lee

On the Homepage : B&B Key Party - Jared Madere now

Its About Time, My Generation - Stewart Uoo Thursday - Septemeber 23rd, 2010 - 7:30 at Participant, NY

In the Hallway : K. Mustermann May 6 - now

On the Façade : Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain: Univers (curated by Mari Spirito) February 12 - now

On the Homepage : VACATION - BFFA3AE June - September

The is The Dud of a Diamond Studded Collar: Guy Benfield + Constanze Zikos June 25, 2010 - 7ish - 11ish or whenever

Devon Dikeou : “It’s Déjà vu All Over Again” May 6 – May 31, 2010

In the Hallway: Lisa Jo April 9 - May 5, 2010

Schadenfreude Sports Bar hosted by Anicka Yi & Josh Kline Wednesday, April 28, 2010 9pm - Midnight

Josh Kline and Anicka Yi: Loveless Marriages April 9 - May 3, 2010

In the Hallway: Jude Broughan February 13 - April 4, 2010

Timothy Hull presents an Evening of Gertrude Stein Impromptu Poems, Plays and Operas April 2, 2010 - 7pm christipher voigt rosi hayes gordon hull anna d'agrosa mary kate schellhardt gina fantozzi david lloyd rabig ira lopez jessica rally paul monaghan timothy hull anne Koch miriam katz andy kachel johnny misheff ceci moss ben boatright charlie morris tm davy leidy churchman adam white

Songs, Composed and Performed by: Rachel Mason Mark Golamco and Nick Dalton Saturday, March 27 - 7pm

Graham Anderson/Caitlin Keogh and Alisa Baremboym/Thomas Torres Cordova March 12 - April 4

La nuit porte conseil: A Poetry Night Sunday, February 21 - 8pm organized by Severin DÜNSER Emanuel LAYR Rita VITORELLI

Debo Eilers and Kerstin Brätsch: KAYA February 13 - March 7, 2010

Guilty Feet - Organized By Tova Carlin and Colby Bird February 5, 2010 - 7-9pm Alisa Baremboym Martin Basher Dike Blair Elizabeth Deasy Ania Diakoff Gregory Edwards Josh Kolbo William Latta Carter Mull Adam Putnam R.H. Quaytman Charline von Heyl Julia Weist

Tova Carlin Opening Reception January 29, 2010 - 7-9pm - performances to follow - Luke Stettner in collaboration with Cameron Hull and Derek Maxwell: O dark, dark, dark - February 2 - 8pm

Xeno and Oaklander Thursday - February 4 - 9pm

Loving Shapes and Colors - BFFA3AE January 17, 2010 - 6pm and 7pm - RSVP please

In the Hallway - Large Folded Drawing - Trevor Shimizu December 11, 2009 - January 17, 2010

Moving Shapes and Colors curated by Brian Droitcour December 11, 2009 - January 16, 2010 Duncan Malashock Sabine Gruffat Damon Zucconi Elna Frederick Ilia Ovechkin Kelli Miller

Standing O 59 Canal Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 9 till late

Class Struggle Social Club November 21 - December 6, 2009 Adam Marnie Raquel Nave Mollie Gondi Leslie Kulesh Leif Ritchie Santalope Alex Barry Class Struggle

Nothing More Than a Theatre of Fluctuating Ideas and Echoes of Future Moments (A New Refutation of Time) Elena Bajo November 14, 2009 - 7.30pm

2nd Floor. 2 Performances: Born to Perform / Maria Petschnig and Blood Line / Melanie Maar Friday - November 13, 2009 - 7:30pm

Betteraves Club: Emily Sundblad and Margaret Lee November 8, 2009 - 9:00pm Snöfrid Tim Lokiec Stewart Uoo Matthew Higgs

Bedroom w TV and Woman Lays w Aide: Yemenwed Saturday - November 7, 2009 - 9:00pm Gloria Maximo Megha Barnabas Shawn Maximo Paul Kopkau David Toro Solomon Chase Shannon Funchess Fatima Al Qadiri Tim Dewit Gerlan Marcel Busy Gangnes Telfar Clemens Melissa Ip

TV Show: Antoine Catala September 25 - November 1, 2009

B'Ling: Tif Sigfrids and George Porcari Wednesday October 28th, 2009 - 7pm

Phantom Limb: Curated by Mari Spirito July 10 - July 24, 2009 Olivier Babin Christopher K. Ho Corin Sworn

Unattached: The Body’s Memory, A Night of Performance Art - Curated by Courtney Malick Friday, July 31, 2009, from 6 – 9pm Leigha Mason Matt Whitley Joseph Keckler Whitney Vangrin Shawn Jeffers

Blind Carbon Copy: Organized by Common Space June 2 - June 7, 2009 Andrew Kuo Sebastian Kim Jon Santos Milano Chow Deanne Cheuk Saiman Chow Masayo Kishi Yuh-Shioh Wong Confetti System

Kate Bush Dance Troupe May 29, 2009 Samara Davis Erica Magrey Cassie Thornton Kate Scherer Jennifer Sullivan

Disjecta Membra: Peter LaBier May 22 - May 24, 2009

3 Nights of Performance: Curated by Liam Everett May 15 - May 17, 2009 Ling-Wen Tsai Deborah Wing-Sproul Dani Leventhal Liam Everett

Everything Intimate Apparel Store in My Neighborhood: Annamarie Ho curated by Barbara Corti May 8 - May 10, 2009

Nobodies New York: Organized by Josh Kline May 1 - May 3, 2009 Alisa Baremboym Antoine Catala Devon Costello Josh Kline Tatiana Kronberg Margaret Lee Trevor Shimizu Allyson Vieira Amy Yao Anicka Yi

Related Press

179 Canal - Idiom - November 10, 2010

179 Canal - Brooklyn Rail - December, 2010

179 Canal - Artforum


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