Some tidbits from Artnet News, 6-12-08 have the look of a NYC time line... (images and xtra links courtesy of ngrist):
Announcement for the Times Square Show, 1980.
Ron Kolm Papers, Fales Library
COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS REDUX
Collaborative Projects, that legendary group of New York artists who formed a nonprofit organization in the late 1970s to take advantage of the then-abundant government grant monies for the arts, is having another moment in the sun. Dealer Brooke Alexander, who showed many members of the collective during its heyday, is mounting "Collaborative Projects Redux" in June at his 3,000-square-foot Wooster Street gallery in Manhattan's SoHo district. Among the artists with works in the show are John Ahearn, Richard Bosman, Jane Dickson, Jenny Holzer and Peter Nadin, Richard Mock, Joseph Nechvatal, Tom Otterness, Judy Rifka, Walter Robinson (yes, him) and Robin Winters.
Colab is celebrated for "The Times Square Show," an exhibition held in a former massage parlor building in Times Square in 1980, as well as for "The New Cinema," a movie house on St. Mark's Place where James Nares, John Lurie, Becky Johnston, Eric Mitchell and other auteurs showed their films in the early 1980s. For images of "Collaborative Projects Redux," see www.baeditions.com
MICHELLE OBAMA HITS THE ART WORLD
The current heroine of our political season, Michelle Obama, is the celebrant of a special art-world benefit for the Barack Obama 2008 presidential campaign scheduled for June 17, 2008, at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. at 530 West 22nd Street in Chelsea (the following dinner is at the home of Calvin Klein). Members of the benefit committee, in addition to Klein and art dealer Brent Sikkema, are Shelby Bryan, André Leon Talley and Anna Wintour. Tickets begin at $1,000 per person; dinner is $10,000 per person. For more info, or to rsvp, contact Jennifer Tabach Gerst at jgerst @ barackobama.com.
ALBION IN NEW YORK
Albion, the big-league London gallery founded in 2004 by Michael Hue-Williams in a space-age 16,000-square-foot riverfront structure designed by Norman Foster, has come to New York. The Big Apple branch, dubbed Albion New York (not to be confused with the upstate town of Albion, N.Y.), is located at 102 Prince Street in the heart of Manhattan's SoHo district, just across the street from the tony Mercer Hotel. What's more, the gallery has David A. Ross as its director, in what looks like the first commercial-gallery job for the former head of the Whitney Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
The long-term plan is to open "an architect-designed gallery which will serve as both New York headquarters and an exhibition space," somewhere in the city. In the meantime, the temporary SoHo space opens to the public with an exhibition of works by the German-Egyptian artist Susan Hefuna, June 19-Aug. 1, 2008. A smaller, concurrent exhibition by Vito Acconci features archival works and a suite of his 1992 "florescent furniture." [sic]
DEVELOPERS CLAIM CHELSEA GALLERY BLOCK
The rampant real estate development in Manhattan's West Chelsea art district is quietly claiming a swath of West 25th Street. According to insiders, a massive real-estate investment firm called Cardinal Investments, whose holdings stretch from New York to the West Coast and Fiji, has bought all the buildings on the north side of West 25th Street between the High Line at 10th Avenue and the Chelsea Tower, home of the new Marlborough Chelsea, at 545 West 25th. Among the art dealers with spaces along the block are Mitchell Algus, Arario, ClampArt, Daniel Cooney, Betty Cuningham, Kent, Florence Lynch and ZieherSmith. As leases run out, dealers are being offered the chance to buy their spaces at $1,000 a square foot, pricing some of the smaller galleries at $750,000 or so.
"The whole neighborhood is being transformed," said one dealer. "I don't know if art galleries will be able to afford it in the future." The seller of the buildings, who had recently developed them as galleries, was Jack Fuchs' Whitehall Business Archives.