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Venues, spaces

Initiatives, collectives, groups with no permanent event venue


Past events

Art workers[edit]

See also


  • Phil Patton, "Other Voices, Other Rooms: The Rise of the Alternative Art Space", Art in America 65:4, Jul–Aug 1977.
  • BOMB, ed. Betsy Sussler, New York, Spring 1981 ff. A print quarterly publishing in-depth interviews between artists.
  • Ellen Mara De Wachter, Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration, Phaidon, 244 pp. Publisher.
  • Sally Webster, A Report: Alternative Spaces and the Crises Threatening Their Survival, New York: RoseWeb Projects, 1982. [14]
  • Cultural Economies: Histories from the Alternative Arts Movement, NYC, ed. Julie Ault, New York: Drawing Center, 1996, 72 pp. [16]
  • Clayton Patterson, et al. (eds.), Resistance: A Radical Social and Political History of the Lower East Side, New York: Seven Stories Press, 2006, 672 pp. Publisher. Event.
  • The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984, ed. Marvin J. Taylor, forew. Lynn Gumpert, New York: Grey Art Gallery and Fales Library, New York University, and Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006, 208 pp, IA. Introduction. Exh. catalogue. Essays by Marvin J. Taylor, Bernard Gendron, Carlo McCormick, RoseLee Goldberg, Matthew Yokobosky, Robert Seigle, Brian Wallis and Ian Alteveer. Publisher. [17]
  • Christelle Terroni, Les Pratiques artistiques des Espaces Alternatifs à New-York, 1969-1980, Tours: Université François-Rabelais, 2010; rev. as New York Seventies. Avant-garde et espaces alternatifs, Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2015. (French)
  • Alan W. Moore, Art Gangs: Protest and Counterculture in New York City, Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia, 2011, 185 pp. Street-level history of artists’ groups and collective activity by artists in New York from 1969 to 1985. Review: Anderson (Oxford Art J).
  • Jessamyn Fiore (ed.), 112 Greene Street: the Early Years, 1970–1974, New York: Radius Books, 2012, 192 pp. Review: Anderson (Oxford Art J).
  • Mary Anne Staniszewski, "Alternatives and Attitudes: Today and Yesterday", in Germano Celant, et al., When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013, Milan: Progetto Prada Arte, 2013, pp 457-468. Publisher.
  • Pauline Chevalier, Une Histoire des espaces alternatifs à New York: de SoHo au South Bronx (1969-1985), Dijon: Les Presses du réel, 2017, 501 pp. Review: Besson (Critique d'art). (French)
  • Steven H. Jaffe, Activist New York: A History of People, Protest, and Politics, forew. Eric Foner, New York University Press, 2018. [24]
  • Klaus Biesenbach, Bettina Funcke (eds.), MoMA PS1: A History, New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2019, 304 pp. [25] [26]
  • This Must Be the Place: An Oral History of Latin American Artists in New York, 1965-1975, eds. Tie Jojima and Karen Marta, New York: Americas Society and the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art, 2022, 431 pp. Publisher. Review: Vicario (LALVC).
  • Jesse Rifkin, This Must Be the Place: Music, Community and Vanished Spaces in New York City, Hanover Square Press, Jul 2023, 544 pp.

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