John Connelly Presents- history and program
John Connelly Presents [JCP] originated in New York City in 2001 as a nomadic project space and curatorial project founded by John Connelly as a forum for collectors, critics, gallerists and artists to experience new work by promising emerging artists. Originally an extension of John Connelly’s curatorial projects, JCP’s original mission was to present exhibitions of three artists who at the time had no official New York gallery representation.
In January 2003 a full-time program of exhibitions with solo shows by represented artists was launched in a small 400 sq ft exhibition space in Chelsea. The gallery quickly gained a reputation for exhibiting provocative and challenging new art by a diverse group of national and international artists. The gallery’s intimate size allowed us to encourage our artists to engage and transform the exhibition space with the goal of keeping each new visit to the gallery fresh and unexpected.
In November 2005 the gallery relocated to a 2500 sq. ft, ground floor exhibition space where we continue to encourage our exhibiting artists to change, convert and employ the gallery’s architecture. JCP is also strongly interested in supporting individuals who expand the parameters of their work in the visual arts into arenas that include collaboration, writing, curating and publishing. In 2007 JCP introduced The Tunnel Room, a new project space devoted to giving young artists a platform to introduce themselves to a New York audience.