New York

Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison

Grey Art Gallery

The Harrisons are an art-world anomaly who look for slippages in the world. The ongoing collaboration between Helen (a teacher/scholar) and Newton (an artist/teacher) has generated a series of productions and investigations during the past 15 years that are at once instructional, instigatory, optimistic, and accessible. It is likely that, in the early years of their collaboration, Helen’s expertise as a researcher led them to new insights into changing relationships, while Newton’s esthetic focus pushed the work beyond documentation and problem-solving to art. But it is clear that their sensibilities have become fluid and dynamic in the course of many joint ventures. This exhibition, entitled “Nobody Told Us When to Stop Thinking . . . ” featured a selection of their projects, most of them recent.

The work shown, which deals with what is normally the province of environmental and regional

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