P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
Museum of Modern Art affiliate
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Exhibition Press Release

Joan Wallace: Methods of Attachment

October 24, 2004 February 20, 2005


(Long Island City, NY, June, 2004) P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center presents a survey of paintings by Joan Wallace (b. 1959). Included in the exhibition are works made in the mid-to-late 1980s by the collaborative team of Wallace & Donohue, paintings by Wallace from the 1990s, including Formula II (Something Borrowed, Something Blue, 1992), which was part of Cady Noland's installation for Documenta IX in Kassel, Germany in 1992, and two new works produced especially for this exhibition. New works include Panic Table (2004), which turns a monochrome painting into a table replete with a pool ladder and an escape hatch/trap door, and Piece of Cake (For Jack Goldstein) (2004), a painting incorporating a short video movie, which is dedicated to the late, influential California conceptualist.


Wallace's work occupies a unique position among the currents that have animated art and engaged artists since the 1980s: appropriation, the "end" of painting, and the reinvestigation of Pop, Minimal, and Conceptual art.  From 1983 to 1990, Wallace was part of the collaborative team Wallace & Donohue, which created work that is highly theatrical and self-aware, employing language, an absurdist sense of humor, and various devices rotating and sliding panels, track lighting, a surveillance camera to interrupt the otherwise passive act of looking. Wallace & Donohue began to author their work separately in 1988, and dissolved the partnership two years later. The paintings that Wallace made in the 1990s grew increasingly complex, deftly incorporating objects, video, and cultural and art historical references. After a seven year hiatus that included writing screenplays as well as a column on art, culture and film, Wallace returned to art-making in 2002.


This exhibition is organized by P.S.1 Curatorial Advisor Bob Nickas.


P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center


Background:    P.S.1 was founded in 1971 by Alanna Heiss as The Institute of Art and Urban Resources Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the transformation of abandoned and underutilized buildings in New York City into exhibition, performance, and studio spaces for artists. P.S.1 became an affiliate of MoMA in 2000 and now operates two internationally acclaimed spaces for contemporary art: P.S.1 in Long Island City, which contains museum-quality galleries, and The Clocktower Gallery, which now contains the radio studio for P.S.1s online radio station, www.wps1.org.


P.S.1 is one of the largest and oldest arts organizations in the United States solely devoted to contemporary art.  Recognized as a defining force of the alternative space movement, P.S.1 stands out from major arts institutions in its cutting edge approach to exhibitions and direct involvement of artists within a scholarly framework.  P.S.1 acts as an intermediary between the artist and its audience.  Functioning as a living and active meeting place for the general public, P.S.1 is a catalyst for ideas, discourses and new trends in contemporary art.  With its educational programs, P.S.1 assists the public in understanding art and provides the tools to appreciate contemporary art and its practices.


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