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The Eve Of…: Studio-based Exhibitions

The studio as a gallery of one’s own.

The Eve Of… will be an open studio exhibition. What does that mean? A studio turned gallery? A pop-up gallery in a pop-up studio? Is it DIY or DIM (do it myself)? The exhibition is “artist-run,” in perhaps the most literal sense.

In any case, I think of self-organization as a method of actualizing my agency as an artist. I’m enamored with the idea that artists can stage exhibitions on our own terms.

In my small way, I’m proud to carry on a tradition of artists not waiting to be picked in order to share work with the public. Some examples:

Claes Oldenberg, The Store (1961, Lower Manhattan): a self-initiated installation in a studio open to the public // Source: museumofmuseum.com

Claes Oldenberg, The Store (1961, Lower Manhattan): a self-initiated installation in a studio open to the public // Source: museumofmuseum.com

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Minus Objects (1965-66, Turin): studio-based public exhibition (including some of my favorite artworks by MP) // Source: pistoletto.it // Photo: P. Bressano.

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Minus Objects (1965-66, Turin): studio-based public exhibition (including some of my favorite artworks by MP) // Source: pistoletto.it // Photo: P. Bressano.

I’d love to learn more, if you know of others.

To reiterate: what artists make—artworks—gets amplified through what artists make happen— exhibitions, events, dialogues.

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