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specific object / david platzker



December 4 - 18, 2009 and resuming January 4 - 29, 2010

Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition 69. The exhibition will be on view at Specific Object from December 4 - 18, 2009 and resuming January 4 - 29, 2010.

69 is an exploration of a cross section of art and society made during a period marked with revolution and socio-political tumult. This exhibition also will embrace the non-militant aspects of 1969 that exist as a visceral undercurrent of the period that is not found within the exhibition 1969 currently on view at MoMA's P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center.

69 represents the questions that shaped the year 1969 from the perspective of revolution and counter-revolution exemplified in photography, print, illustrated books, design, media, as well as a wealth of documents drawn the holding of Specific Object that mirror and expound upon those seen in the exhibition 1969 drawn from MoMA's archives.

Diverse artistic practices, concerns, and themes are presented ranging from the politically charged works of the Art Workers Coalition, Guerilla Art Action Group, Artists Poster Committee of Art Workers Coalition and the periodical Screw : The Sex Review. By exploring a single year, this exhibition is not an attempt to recount the events of 1969, but rather, to present a variation on the same materials presented at P.S.1's exhibition 1969. As stated within MoMA's own press release for 1969: "Clearly, the exhibition also outlines MoMA's own collecting history; as such, it is part of a cross-departmental curatorial examination of MoMA's collection with an eye to expanding the range of its holdings from a period when art was being redefined."

Central to 69 is the presentation of the first twenty-five issues of Screw in addition to exhibition catalogs, books, and archival documents which depict the events, excitement, and anxieties of the period. By juxtaposing the meditative space of the white cube gallery the tumult of the outside world, 69 reflects the expansive concerns held by artists of the time. Specific Object's archival materials document MoMA's relationship with and involvement in the momentous events of the time.

Artists include: Carl Andre, Architects Resistance, Robert Barry, Gregory Battcock, Jon Bauch, Ernst Benkert, Don Bernshouse, Gloria Greenberg Bressler, Selma Brody, Bruce Brown, Bob Carter, Fredrick Castle, Rosemarie Castoro, Michael Chapman, Iris Crump, John Denmark, Joseph Di Donato, Mark di Suvero, George Dworzan, Farman, Hollis Frampton, Dan Graham, Chuck Ginnever, Bill Gordy, Alex Gross, Hans Haacke, Clarence Hagin, Harvey, Gerry Herman, Frank Hewitt, D. Holmes, Robert Huot, Ken Jacobs, Joseph Kostuth, Yayoi Kusama, David Lee, Naomi Levine, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Tom Lloyd, Bates Lowry, Lee Lozano, Len Lye, James McDonald, Edwin Mieczkowski, Vernita Nemec, Barnett Newman, John Perreault, Stephen Phillips, Lil Picard, Peter Pinchbeck, Joanna Pousette-Dart, Barbara Reise, Faith Ringold, Steve Rosenthal, Theresa Schwarz, Seth Sigelaub, Gary Smith, Michael Snow, Anita Steckel, Carl Strueckland, Gene Swenson, Julius Tobias, Jean Toche, Ruth Vollimer, Andy Warhol, Iain Whitecross, Jay Wholly, Ann Wilson, Wilbur Woods, and others.

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