Asterisks denote founding members of CPNY
Anthology Film Archives is an international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video, with a particular focus on independent, experimental, and avant-garde cinema.
Artists Space*, since its founding in 1972 in downtown Manhattan, has successfully contributed to changing the institutional and economic landscape for contemporary art, by lending support to emerging artists and emerging ideas alike. Artists Space continues to controversially contribute to and critically challenge the intellectual and artistic status quo in New York City and beyond.
Since its founding, Bidoun has filled a gaping hole in the arts and culture coverage of the Middle East, pioneering a distinctive voice that is intelligent, critical, and original. From the beginning, Bidoun has served as a platform—for new questions, images, and ideas about the Middle East. Bidoun’s activities fall in three primary areas: publishing, educational, and curatorial. To date, our projects have included a range of pursuits: curatorial initiatives, educational programs, artist commissions, talks, tours, performances, books, an itinerant library, and an online archive of avant-garde media.
Blank Forms is a curatorial platform dedicated to the presentation and preservation of time-based performance practices. Committed to long-term working relationships with individual artists both emerging and established, Blank Forms creates in-depth public programs and educational materials that provide a range of perspectives on inherently ephemeral practices that fall outside of conventional institutional support systems and consequently risk remaining inaccessible, minimally documented, and obscure. Through a variety of curatorial approaches including online and print publishing, public performances, exhibitions, education workshops, seminars, and residencies, Blank Forms crafts a robust support structure for artists and the presentation of their work.
Danspace Project is the springboard and a home for a vital community of contemporary dance artists in an environment unlike any other in the United States. Located in the historic St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, Danspace shares its facility with the Church, The Poetry Project, and New York Theatre Ballet. Now in its fourth decade, Danspace presents 25-30 weeks of performances annually, and its Commissioning Initiative has supported the creation of over 480 new works since 1994. Since 2010, in an effort to investigate dance presentation models, Danspace has produced nine Platforms in its acclaimed PLATFORM program (guest artist-curated multi-week series of public performances, an accompanying printed catalogue, contextualizing events, artist residencies, and other activities springing from curatorial research), launched the Conversations Without Walls discussion series, and explored formats for public discourse and residencies within and alongside its annual seasons.
Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) is a nonprofit resource that fosters the creation, exhibition, distribution and preservation of moving image art. EAI's core program is providing access and stewardship of a collection of over 3,700 media artworks, from groundbreaking video art of the 1960s to new digital projects by today's emerging artists. EAI also presents public programs such as artist talks, panels and screenings; extensive online resources on the collection, media art histories; educational initiatives and current practices; free viewing access to the archive, and technical facilities, among other services.
ISSUE Project Room is a pioneering performance center, presenting time-based work by emerging and established experimental artists that expand the boundaries of creative practice and stimulate critical dialogue about art and culture in the broader community. ISSUE plays a vital role in NYC’s cultural ecology, facilitating the commission and premiere of new works and presenting a diverse array of artists working across and between the disciplines of sound, dance, film, performance and literature. Programming places an emphasis on bringing recognition to creative practitioners whose important contributions to the artistic field are underrepresented, often as a result of the artists’ gender, sexuality, or geographic location. Through the cultivation of innovative new work, ISSUE performs an essential research and development function that fosters a dynamic influx of ideas into the local, national, and international creative landscape.
The Kitchen* is one of New York City’s oldest nonprofit spaces, showing innovative work by emerging and established artists across disciplines. The Kitchen’s programs range from dance, music, performance, and theater, to video, film, and art, in addition to literary events, artists’ talks, and lecture series. Since its inception, The Kitchen has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country, and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence.
Light Industry* is a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York. Developed and overseen by Thomas Beard and Ed Halter, the project centers upon a series of weekly events, which are frequently organized in collaboration with an invited artist, critic, or curator. Conceptually, Light Industry draws equal inspiration from the long history of alternative art spaces in New York as well its storied tradition of cinematheques and other intrepid film exhibitors. Through a regular program of screenings, performances, and lectures, its goal is to explore new models for the presentation of cinema. Bringing together the worlds of contemporary art, experimental film, and documentary (to name only a few), Light Industry looks to foster an ongoing dialogue among a wide range of artists and audiences within the city.
Participant Inc*, since its founding in 2001, has sought to provide a venue in which artists, curators, and writers can develop, realize, and present ambitious projects within a context that recognizes the social and cultural value of artistic experimentation. The mission of Participant Inc is to serve artists through in-depth consideration, presentation, and the publishing of critical writing; and to introduce this work into public contexts through exhibitions, screenings, performances, and educational programs. This mission builds upon alternative space methodologies, particularly a commitment to interdisciplinary, intergenerational exhibition making, and an insistence upon placing together, in one space, work from various mediums—encouraging the coexistence of visual and time-based art.
Primary Information is a non-profit organization devoted to printing artists’ books, artists’ writings, out-of-print publications and editions. Primary Information was formed in 2006 to foster intergenerational dialogue through the publication of artists’ books and writings by artists—emerging, mid-career, and established. The organization’s period of focus is from the early sixties to the present, with an emphasis on the conceptual practice of using publications as an exhibition space. Our program involves three distinct components: (1) the publication of lost or unpublished material still vital to contemporary discussions, (2) the publication of books by contemporary artists, and (3) the publication of editions that function as publications, though may take the shape of say a record or poster (in this way, we are very much influenced by how Printed Matter has come to define the artist book and its varied forms since the 1960s). Our aim is to reach audiences throughout the world, those to whom publications can reach but galleries and museums cannot.
Printed Matter*, founded in 1976 by artists and artworkers, is the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination, understanding, and appreciation of artists' books. In addition to maintaining one of the world’s largest publicly available sources for publications by artists, Printed Matter is a dynamic hub of non-profit services and activities offered in support of artists who make books. Printed Matter maintains a busy programming calendar organizing exhibitions of contemporary and historically significant artists’ books, in-store events including regular talks, book launches, and performances, a PM Window Series presenting artists’ projects in our storefront window, a recently revamped PM Publishing and artists' edition program, as well as various bibliographic, library, and consultancy services. Printed Matter also organizes the NY Art Book Fair and LA Art Book Fair, the world’s largest two events showcasing and celebrating the activity of the international artists’ book community.
Recess is a nonprofit art space that supports artists working in a public setting. At once an open studio and an exhibition space, Recess facilitates immersive, in-depth interactions amongst artists and audiences while presenting ambitious projects that embrace experimentation and focus on process.
Founded by artists in 1928, SculptureCenter is New York City’s only contemporary art museum solely dedicated to sculpture. We present the latest experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture, particularly by emerging and under-recognized artists who benefit most from the opportunity to produce and present new work. Our programs identify new talent, explore the conceptual, aesthetic and material concerns of contemporary sculpture, and encourage independent vision.
Storefront for Art and Architecture is an organization committed to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture, art, and design. Our program of exhibitions, events, competitions, publications, and projects is intended to generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological, and disciplinary boundaries.
Triple Canopy* is a magazine based in New York. Since 2007, Triple Canopy has advanced a model for publication that encompasses digital works of art and literature, public conversations, exhibitions, and books. This model hinges on the development of publishing systems that incorporate networked forms of production and circulation. Working closely with artists, writers, technologists, and designers, Triple Canopy produces projects that demand considered reading and viewing. Triple Canopy resists the atomization of culture and, through sustained inquiry and creative research, strives to enrich the public sphere.
White Columns* is New York's oldest alternative art space. It was founded in 1970 by Jeffrey Lew and Gordon Matta-Clark as an experimental platform for artists. Originally located in SoHo (and known as the 112 Workshop/112 Greene Street), the organization was renamed White Columns when it moved to Spring Street in 1979. In 1991 White Columns moved to Christopher Street in the West Village, and in 1998 the gallery relocated to its present address on the border of the West Village and Meat Packing District. White Columns presents an ongoing program of exhibitions, projects, talks, screenings, and events. It is a not-for-profit gallery which is open to the public, free-of-charge, eleven months per year.