Bill Doherty

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Richard Hamilton (left), Alice Neel (right), 'Self Portraits' The Bank Show', Manufacturers Hanover Trust, New York, NY 1981
Buster Cleveland, 'Cavallini Performance', 'Artists Doing Comedy' Club 57, New York, NY 1981
Tom Mc Glynn, 'Forked Path', 'East of Fresno', The Hatchery Art Spaces, Badger, CA 2011
Robert Herrick, 'Colossus for Melancholia', 'Fortress', The Hatchery Art Spaces, Badger, CA 2015
Jack Robinson, Mardi Gras', 'Local Talent', Marshall Arts Gallery, Memphis, TN 2017
Bachrun LoMele, 'Walls', 'East of Fresno', The Hatchery Art Spaces, Badger CA 2011
Greey Myatt, 'Awning Ball', 'Local Talent', Marshal Arts Gallery, Memphis, TN 2017
Elizabeth Dorbad (foreground]) 'Itinerant Architectures: Mobilize', Petra Mattheis (back wall), 'Much Too Much' Hatchery Art Spaces, Badger, CA 2011
'Local Talent: Memphis,Tennessee', Marshall Arts Gallery, Memphis, TN (front gallery installation view artists from left to right), Denise Wakeman, Lance Turner, Dwayne Butcher 2017
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Curatorial CV

CURATORIAL CV                                                                                                        

2017 - 2018   CLUB 57: FILM, PERFORMANCE AND ART IN THE EAST VILLAGE, 1978 - 1983 - The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 

2017    LOCAL TALENT: MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE -  Marshall Arts Gallery, Memphis, TN

2016    FORTRESS -  U.A.M.O. [ Urban Art and Media Organization ], Munich, Germany

2015    FORTRESS -  Hatchery  Art Spaces, Badger Creek, CA 

2013    MEMPHIS SOCIAL, [ City Wide ] -  MEMPHIS, TN
            PHENOMENA -  Phatory Gallery, New York, NY

2011    EAST OF FRESNO -  Hatchery Art Spaces, Badger Creek, CA

2009    KUF / MOLD -  A-Locatie Gallery & surrounding neighborhood Rotterdam, Netherlands

2008    KUF / MOLD -  Jan Colle Gallery & surrounding neighborhood, Ghent, Belgium

2007    KUF / MOLD -  Grand Bazaar, Instanbul, Turkey

1998    FASHIONED -  White Box Gallery, New York, NY  and  White Box Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1991    MOB @ SPEEDWAY -  Speedway Gallery, Boston, MA       

1990    THE APARTMENT SHOW -  Jersey City, NJ

1989    THE MY-T-FINE FACTORY SHOW -  Hoboken, NJ       
            THE 3 BOYS FROM ITALY SHOW -  Jersey City, NJ   
            PAINTINGS AT CLUB -  Club 57, New York, NY       

1981    BLACK VELVET EROTIC PAINTING SHOW -  Mercer Arts Salon, New York, NY
            THE BANK SHOW -  Manufactures Trust Co., Soho, New York, NY    
            ARTISTS DOING COMEDY -  Artists Doing Comedy, Club 57, New York, NY


Curatorial Back Story :

In 1975 -1983 Bill Doherty and Barbara Lafferty-Ferrari founded the curatorial/performance team, ēpoch.  ēpoch presented evenings of performance and presentations of contemporary art in nightclubs, alternative spaces and galleries. Ray Johnson, Geoff Hendricks, Anton Van Dalen, Kieth Haring, Richard Hamilton and Alice Neel were among the artists that ēpoch exhibited.

The Mob collective, operated from 1989 to1991, founded by Bill Doherty, Tom Mc Glynn and Rafael Sanchez. The mission of Mob was to make art accessible to populations that rarely encounter art by bringing exhibitions to various neighborhoods outside of the usual realm where art is part of peoples experience. The multi-disciplinary approach was born from their individual participation in the merging of genres in the downtown New York City art scene. The Mob collective organized five shows during this time.“The Three Boys From Italy“ shown at the Three Boys from Italy Pizzeria in lower Jersey City, NJ . “The My-T-Fine Factory Show” wasinstalled in the abandoned “My-T-Fine“ shipping office in a warehouse in Hoboken, NJ. "The Apartment Show” was set in a transitional living space in the Journal Square section of Jersey City, NJ. “Barbara Tedeschi at RogerJohanson D.D.S” in a local dental office followed by “Mob At Speedway” at The Speedway Gallery in Boston, MA  in 1991.

In 1998 Bill Doherty and the painter, Suzan Batu formed the curatorial team, “KOOH”. The first show produced by “KOOH” was titled “Fashioned” which included artists; Hunter Reynolds, Margaret Tam, Nancy Davidson and Beverly Semmes. It was the inaugural show for White Box Gallery in the Chelsea art district of New York City. It then traveled to White Box, Philadelphia, PA . Doherty had brought the Mob aesthetic to these projects with Batu. The social aspect also informed their work together. In 2007 the “KOOH” team embarked on an ambitious series of shows entitled “Kuf/Mold “. (Kuf is the Turkish word for mold). The name Kuf/Mold was chosen because of their tendency towards the organic/mass coverage of whole neighborhoods and social strata in the given cities where “Kuf/Mold was presented. In 2007 the first leg of “Kuf/Mold” was installed in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. It was adopted by the Istanbul Biennial that year. Gent, Belgium was the host city in 2008 followed by Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 2009. In Ghent and Rotterdam Kuf/Mold involved the local populace including the small, long standing shops and businesses owned and operated by the Turkish immigrants living in that neighborhood along with comercial businesses coming that were part of the gentrafcation of that neighborhoods. An important subtext that emerged in this series of shows was that these communities represented a blend of Europe old and new .

In 2011 Bill Doherty and Tom Mc Glynn joined forces with two other curators from the West Coast, Anne Klint and Bachrun LoMele along with Mahalia LoMele as administrator. This team organized the “East of Fresno” show at The Hatchery Art Spaces in a remote location in the Sierra Foothills region of Central California. Located on the property that is the former site of Synanon. Synanon started out as a government funded drug rehabilitation organization in Oakland, California in the mid 1970’s. After relocating to the Sierra Foothills in the 1990’s Synanon evolved into a cult. Later the site had been repurposed as a self-sufficient Muslim community that disbanded in September of 2001 by the name of City of Allah. The show was framed to create a temporary intentional community of artists responding to the location’s specific layered social histories of these failed utopian societies. “East of Fresno” culminated in a two-day event around painting, site-specific sculpture and installations including a temporary radio station that broadcast within the compound area created by David Sanchez Burr. “East of Fresno” also included artists Shana Moulton, Elizabeth Dorbad,        Arthur Dyson and James Stark.

Following “East of Fresno” Doherty and Mc Glynn founded “Beautiful Fields” in 2013. The first show for this venture was, “Phenomena” a works on paper show at the “Phatory” gallery in New York’s East Village curated by Bill Doherty. Later with a grant from Apex Art, “Memphis Social” was curated by both members of the team and was facilitated by Mc Glynn for downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Some of the artists Included in “Memphis Social” were Leon Golub, Tracy Moffet, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Kara Walker, U-Dig Dance Academy, William Eggleston, Jack Robinson and Bullet Space from New York City.

The Hatchery Art Spaces was chosen by the Urban Art and Media Organization (U.A.M.O.) in Munich, Germany to be part of their ongoing City Tour Project for 2015-2016. This time curated by Anne Klint, Bachrun LoMele and Bill Doherty. The Hatchery in Badger, California, population of 400 was the only “city” from the United States chosen. The theme was “Fortress”.The Hatchery: Fortress exhibition was presented at The Hatchery Art Spaces on November 6 to the 8th, 2015. In April and May 2016 The Hatchery along with all the other participating cities that were part of the “Fortress” project were represented in Munich as part of U.A.M.O. City Tour Festival.