New York

Renée Green, Marion von Osten, and Peter Spillmann

Swiss Institute / CONTEMPORARY ART

This show presupposed that mythical beast, the gallery-goer willing to part with a bit of time—a highly valued commodity in New York. Outgoing Swiss Institute director Annette Schindler assembled these three separate installations around the idea of cultural labor. Projects by Renée Green, well known to the New York audience, and Marion von Osten and Peter Spillmann, Swiss artists who have often collaborated, encouraged a hands-on approach and devoted relatively little attention to questions of aesthetics. This relaxed attitude toward the conditions of display only lent more weight to the theme of production, giving priority to the participatory nature of the exhibition rather than focusing on the artists’ finished output.

Green’s installation, Platform: Ongoing Dialogues and Work (all works 2000), was the latest in a decade-long series of projects exploring the social processes involved

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