New York

“Social Spaces”

Artists Space Exhibitions

The unpredictable dynamics of the social space make it volatile, unceremonious, covert, and frequently asocial and irrational. It is often the site of inconsistencies rather than ritualized conventions—the space where it becomes clear which contradictions between thinking and action are tolerable and which are not. For these reasons, it is a charged locus for cultural critique. This exhibition of installations by five artists—Perry Bard, Michael Byron, Stephen Glassman, Ann Hamilton, and Henry Jesionka—focused on just such issues.

Michael Byron’s House for Winnie Mandela, 1987, consisted of almost 200 suitcases piled one on top of another to form a small rectangular “house,” with a thin corrugated-steel roof and a single, low “doorway” that provided access into the dark, cramped interior. The idea of the house has been seen as the architectural region where security is fostered by a sense

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