press release

The Conditions of Being Art: Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co. (1983 - 2004)
23.06.2018 - 14.12.2018

Co-curated by Jeannine Tang, Lia Gangitano, and Ann Butler, The Conditions of Being Art: Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Art, Co. (1983-2004), shown in the Hessel Museum of Art, will be the first in the United States to examine the shared histories, art, and programming activities of Pat Hearn Gallery (PHG) and American Fine Arts, Co., Colin de Land Fine Art. (AFA), whose archives are held at CCS Bard, and which have been the focus of an ongoing research program within the curatorial graduate program, that has included three semester-long courses on the histories of both galleries and involved visits from artists, friends and colleagues of Pat Hearn and Colin de Land. The exhibition will include works of art shown at or associated with these galleries by over 40 artists including: Roy Arden, Alex Bag, Art Club 2000, Lutz Bacher, Dennis Balk, Bernadette Corporation, J. St. Bernard, Tom Burr, Moyra Davey, Jimmy De Sana, Jessica Diamond, Stephan Dillemuth, Mark Dion, John Dogg, Andrea Fraser, Peter Fend, Renée Green, Pat de Groot, Mary Heilmann, Susan Hiller, Joan Jonas, John Knight, Jutta Koether, Silvia Kolbowski, John Miller, Simon Leung, Ana Mendieta, Marlene McCarty, Mariko Mori, Mark Morrisroe, Claire Pentecost with the Critical Art Ensemble, Christian Philipp-Müller, Kembra Pfahler, Jack Pierson, Julia Scher, Pieter Schoolwerth, Peter Schuyff, Jason Simon, Jessica Stockholder, Spencer Sweeney, Philip Taaffe, Tishan Hsu, Lincoln Tobier, John Waters, among others. The exhibition draws upon the archives of each gallery to illuminate their distinctive curatorial practices, significant exhibitions, daily business activities, social worlds, and relationships of artists to art dealers and gallery founders Pat Hearn (1955-2000) and Colin de Land (1955-2003).

A fully-illustrated scholarly publication accompanies the exhibition, and features ten new essays by an intergenerational group of writers, critics, curators, and art historians. In the investigative spirit of encouraging new research into PHG and AFA’s histories, the following authors were commissioned to write: Johanna Burton, Jill Casid, Lauren Cornell, Diedrich Diederichsen, Jennifer King, Mason Leaver-Yap, and Kobena Mercer. The book will include reproductions of archival material from a variety of lenders, images of exhibitions at the galleries and updated exhibition timelines for both galleries. It is edited and co-published by Dancing Foxes Press, designed by xSITE and distributed by D.A.P.

Similar to an addendum or appendix in a publication, the exhibition will also be accompanied by Postscript: a selection of archival material from the Center for Curatorial Studies Archives in the Center’s Collection Teaching Gallery (on view June 23-September 16). The exhibition will present a selection of archival documents related to Pat Hearn and Colin de Land which reflect their professional lives as art dealers and gallerists, but do not fall neatly within the scope of gallery records. All of the archival materials presented are part of the holdings of the Center for Curatorial Studies Archives.