GERMANS TAKE THE BOWERY
Still more heat is coming for the Lower East Side art scene. As part of a push to expand the reach of its programming, the hip uptown German cultural organization the Goethe-Institute is opening a new satellite art space, Ludlow 38, at the eponymous address on the Bowery between Grand and Hester streets, not too far from the New Museum. While the Institute is providing the administrative support, it has tapped the Munich-based culture lab Kunstverein München to organize programming for the first year. The Kunstverein's Stefan Kalmar serves as creative director, and the space is said to be not necessarily Teutonic in focus, but rather a showcase for the kind of "social exchange" that his home institution promotes, with a focus on "collaboration and innovation." Funding is provided by the MINI.
Up first for Ludlow 38 is "Publish and Be Damned," Feb. 9-Mar. 23, 2008, organized by British curators Kit Hammonds, Sarah McCrory and Emily Pethick. In keeping with the democratic artistic values that the space hopes to promote, the show consists of an archive of 300 international publications, celebrating DIY creativity in a variety of forms. Expect works from the likes of Jeremy Deller, Nils Norman, Raymond Pettibon and Stephan Willats, along with less-known figures like Pablo Bronstein, Aline Bouvy, Eleanor Brown, Spartacus Chetwynd, Sonia Dermience, Stephan Dillemuth, Scott King, Cathy Lomax and Meeuw Muzak.