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© Courtesy of Venus Over Manhattan

980 Madison Avenue
New York
July 20th, 2012 - August 31st, 2012
Opening: July 19th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

upper east side
Tue-Sat 10-6
text, photography, sculpture


VENUS OVER MANHATTAN is pleased to present its second exhibition, “BULLETIN
BOARDS,” which has been guest curated by White Columns, New York’s oldest
alternative art space. In writing about the project, White Columns’ Director, Matthew
Higgs has said:
“Ten years ago, when I was living in the Bay Area I started a project space on the San
Francisco campus of the California College of the Arts – where I was working at the time
as a curator at the school’s Wattis Institute gallery. The project space – called “The
Bulletin Board” - consisted of a glazed, 6’ x 4’ aluminum bulletin board that was
purchased from an office supply store. Artists including Trisha Donnelly, Monte Cazazza,
Carter, and Jim Jocoy created new projects/displays for the SF ‘Bulletin Board.’ The
project sought to gently subvert the typical function of a bulletin board, replacing the
anticipated pertinent or useful information typically found in such places with something
that approximated ‘art.’ When I became the Director of White Columns in late 2004 we
started a second “Bulletin Board” project space in our lobby (a third satellite “Bulletin
Board” was initiated later at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College). To date
more than thirty projects have taken place in ‘The Bulletin Board’ at White Columns
including those by Simon Evans, Josephine Meckseper, Matt Keegan, Douglas Blau,
Malcolm Mooney, Tim Griffin, Cynthia Daignault, and Venus Over Manahattan’s Josh
Shaddock, among many others.
Each ‘Bulletin Board’ functions as a discrete, autonomous space, literally ‘framing’ any
material it contains, operating much in the way a museum vitrine might. For the exhibition
at VENUS OVER MANHATTAN more than twenty artists and practitioners were invited
to make new works or projects for individual 4’ x 3’ glazed bulletin boards, and an
additional group of four people were invited to ‘curate’ a display in larger 6’ x 4’ boards.
The ‘Bulletin Boards’ featured in the exhibition will include collections of photographs
(found or otherwise), painted and collage works, sculptural interventions, text pieces, and a
working fish tank amongst many other things.”

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