(William Pope.L, Thunderbird Immolation, 1978)
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(Counter)Public Art, Intervention & Performance reflects a period of social, political, and artistic extremes in the downtown artistic community. This snapshot of a time and place presents a diverse range of projects while capturing each artist’s varied response to the overall political climate, including the HIV/AIDS crisis, civil rights violations, the changing public sphere, and the impact of newly pervasive media.
The exhibition, co-curated by Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin, features artwork and documentation of public art, performance, and interventions by Tseng Kwong Chi, Agnes Denes, Eiko & Koma, Guerrilla Girls, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Tehching Hsieh, John Kelly, William Pope.L, REPOhistory, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, the Visual AIDS Artists' Caucus, including Allen Frame, Frank Franca, and Nan Goldin, and more.
(Counter)Public Art, Intervention & Performance in Lower Manhattan from 1978-1993 was first presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in the Arts Center at Governors Island from May 23–September 27, 2015.