In Autumn 2017, Stanley Picker Gallery presents P!CKER
, a new project in collaboration with P!, the New York gallery and ‘Mom-and-Pop-Kunsthalle’ founded by designer, curator, editor, and pedagogue Prem Krishnamurthy. The exhibition history of P!, which existed from 2012–2017, provides a lens through which to ask critical questions around the current state of art and design curating (as well as art-, design-, and exhibition-making).
The title of the show merges ‘Picker’ with ‘P!’. Through this mash up, it ironically evokes a derogatory synonym for ‘curator,’ as the term grows to include anyone who chooses things – whether artworks, food, music, or even grander experiences. Investigating the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary creative labor, Stanley Picker Gallery has picked P! to prepare a propositional, self-reflective presentation.
The exhibition framework takes the form of a ‘meta-exhibition’ around the idea of multifaceted practice, observed through the work of two polymathic practitioners of different generations, whose paths share parallels and resonances. Elaine Lustig Cohen (1927–2016) worked as a graphic designer in the 1950s and 1960s before turning to painting and collage, while maintaining a strong involvement in archival practice. She represents a direct link between early twentieth century European Avant-garde movements and later modern and postmodern practitioners. Céline Condorelli (b. 1974) studied first as an architect, yet has constructed a unique and influential artistic practice through her investigation of ‘support structures’ that allow for creative authorship to emerge, as well as exploring the historical and contemporary significance of exhibition display. Her work extends even beyond these enquiries to include writing, editing, publishing, and producing performative situations in which other actions may emerge.
Although P!CKER unfolds as a single, continuous show co-conceived with P!, the project includes these two different exhibitionary moments and bodies of work, staged in dialogue and temporal juxtaposition with each other. P!CKER will evolve over the course of its duration: kicking off in September 2017 with a display of artworks, design objects, and archival materials by Lustig Cohen (which will also be the first presentation of her work in the UK), framed by P!’s five years of exhibition-making, the show gradually transforms into a solo exhibition by Condorelli. Her exhibition overlaps in content and concerns with her earlier presentation Epilogue, the closing show at P! in Spring 2017. P!CKER also includes a series of discursive events focused on the idea of artistic legacy, which will be collected into a publication to be produced and launched later in 2018.
Elaine Lustig Cohen: Looking Backward to Look Forward
28 September – 11 November 2017
Launch: Wednesday 27 September, 6-8.30pm / All welcome
14 – 18 November 2017
During the changeover, the show will stay open to the public
Céline Condorelli: Prologue
23 November 2017 – 27 January 2018
Launch: Wednesday 22 November, 6-8.30pm / All welcome