MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York
In the summer of 1983, the curator Adelina von Furstenberg invited Jeffrey Deitch to visit her on the Greek Island of Hydra. Deitch had asked her how to find her house upon arrival and Adelina said 'do not worry I will meet you in the port.' Deitch arrived with his big suitcase after a long trip from Hong Kong and found a seat in a cafe with the best sight lines out onto the port. After about two hours Adelina still had not arrived. In those days, not only were there no cellphones but most of the houses in Hydra did not even have landlines.
Deitch was eventually rescued by Alanna Heiss, the legendary founder-director of PS1. Alanna explained that she had been sent by Adelina who no longer had any room in her house and asked Alanna to accommodate him. Alanna led Deitch on a walk to the neighboring fishing village where she and her husband Fred were renting a tiny house which she generously offered to share with Deitch. The extraordinary gesture led to hours of discussions about new directions in art and an additional invitation from Alanna to curate a giant portrait salon on the entire second floor of PS1.
The New Portrait had sections on the Pictures Generation, East Village Expressionism, Graffiti, No Wave, Rock Photography, Conceptual Performance and more. The central wall of the exhibition was a presentation of Andy Warhol's portraits of young artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Warhol had suggested that Larry Rivers be included in the show and the exhibition showcased his enormous portrait of Joe Glasco.
Hundreds of people attended the opening but because there was no budget for the catalogue the show never registered in the velocity of New York City art in the 1980s. Deitch learned a lesson and all his subsequent exhibitions were documented with books and catalogues.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
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76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
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The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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