Show and Tell: A Chronicle of Group Material

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Julie Ault
Four Corners Books, 2010 - Art - 267 pages
In 1979, the artist collective Group Material opened a storefront at East 13th Street on New York's Lower East Side, from which they launched exhibitions-45 in all-that radically overhauled curatorial thought, setting art alongside artifacts, documentary material and storebought objects, within exhibitions that were oriented around topical social concerns. Group Material's original members-Julie Ault, Patrick Brennan, Beth Jaker, Mundy McLaughlin, Marybeth Nelson, Tim Rollins and Peter Szypula-came from backgrounds in feminism, Marxist theory, design and popular culture, and curated classic exhibits reflecting this eclecticism, such as "It's a Gender Show," "AIDS Timeline" and "The People's Choice"-a collection of everyday objects (wedding photos, dolls, even a cigarette-pack collage) gathered from people living on their block. "Show & Tell" is the first monograph on Group Material, and charts the group's activities, with essays by original members, plus original documents, photographs, drawings, correspondence and interviews.

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Contents

AN EXHIBITION THAT DESCRIBES AND EXPLAINS THE MODERN
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IN DECEMBER REVOLTING MUSIC
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INSURRECTIONS
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Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Ault is an artist, curator, and the co-founder of Group Material, a New York-based artists collaborative that has produced more than fifty exhibitions and public projects exploring relationships between politics and aesthetics.

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