Collaborative Projects and Art Economies


​Collaborative Projects and Art Economies
Monday, June 27th​, 2016​
6:30-8:30 PM
40 Rector Street, 15th Floor, Suite 1500, New York, NY 10006
*you must bring an ID to sign into the building*
(Because space is limited, we are unfortunately not able to welcome guests who did not RSVP)

​Panel with Stephen Zacks, Michael Mandiberg and artists Coleen Fitzgibbon, Joe Lewis, ​Ann Messner, Peter Fend, Tom Otterness, Lisa Kahane, Robin Winters and John Ahearn present to discuss Collaborative Projects and art economies.

In the late 1970s, artists and artist collectives made art and exhibitions in response to a growing awareness of art’s relation to communities, real estate, and economic development. The members of Collaborative Projects (Colab) created themed group shows, Fashion Moda gallery, the Times Square Show, the Real Estate Show, and the ABC No Rio activist art space, pioneering many of the modes and strategies deployed by socially-engaged artists today. Join us for a discussion with members, including Coleen Fitzgibbon, Joe Lewis, and others, moderated by Stephen Zacks.

The event is by RSVP only, as space is limited. To RSVP, send an email to by Sunday, June 26th.

Colab is known for its progressively explicit and confrontational approach to art exhibitions. Between 1978 and 1981, the group reacted to the struggle for space in and around SoHo by moving its exhibitions to private studios and lofts, galleries in poorer neighborhoods, and temporary spaces donated by owners. Finally, on New Year’s Eve at the end of 1979, the artists illegally occupied an in rem city-owned storefront as a self-proclaimed insurrectionary act. Despite their greater access to cultural capital, many Colab artists saw themselves as naturally aligned with people of color and classes displaced by speculative real estate development.

This discussion is a public session of the New York Arts Practicum, presented as pre-exhibition programming for Michael Mandiberg’s FDIC Insured at the Time Equities, Inc. Art-in-Buildings Program Project Space. FDIC Insured will transform a disused office space, echoing Colab’s approach to challenge the political and social identities of urban spaces. The project is produced by Art-in-Buildings and Denny Gallery.

40 Rector Street, 15th Floor, Suite 1500, New York, NY 10006

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Colab Talk at Printed Matter

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Coleen Fitzgibbon Land Of Nod Talk at Dorian Grey Galley

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Paintings and Video at Dorian Grey Gallery

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“Land of Nod” at Dorian Grey Gallery

C. Fitzgibbon’s “Land of Nod” film and stills, will be on view at Dorian Grey Gallery: 437 E. 9th Street, New York NY

Opening Reception: April 6th, 2016 6-9pm

The gallery hosts an artist talk April 30th

Land of Nod Still

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Jonathan Silver: Infidel in the Studio

My latest film is a documentary about the enigmatic sculptor Jonathan Silver, the film turns a lens on the work of this prolific artist, whose work helped redefine the boundaries of figurative sculpture and installation during the 1980’s.

In order to raise funds for the final edit, color correction and original score by Evan Lurie, I have launched an IndieGoGo.

I was fortunate to interview Jonathan, along with art critic Michael Brenson, during his lifetime. The film features these interviews along with conversations with Jonathan’s wife Barbara Silver, curator Donna Harkavy, and others who knew him. I was granted access to Jonathan’s sculpture studio containing his artwork, photographs, and sketchbooks featuring studies for his large scale works. It’s important that Jonathan’s legacy be made accessible to a new generation of artists and art historians, I believe this film provides that educational opportunity.

Jonathon in studio copy

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An Interview with Coleen Fitzgibbon on WBAI-NYC

I spoke with Prairie Miller on WBAI 99.5 FM about Greenpoint 2016/ Newtown Creek Revival

The Interview begins halfway in:

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Fitzgibbon & Fend at Greenpoint Film Festival

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SUNDAY 3/20 5:30PM

A brief survey of problems and possible solutions for positive environmental changes in the Greenpoint and Newton Creek area of Brooklyn, NY. Artists/filmmakers Coleen Fitzgibbon and Peter Fend will cover a short history of the area, now destined for superfund cleanup, interview residents and environmentalists dealing with this complex situation and examine the options for change.



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“Newtown Creek Revival” at Greenpoint Film Festival

A new collaboration by C. Fitzgibbon and Peter Fend highlighting Brooklyn’s Newtown Creek, will be included in the 5th annual Greenpoint Film Festival, March 17-20, 2016.

Stills from “Newtown Creek Revival”:

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Stills from "Newtown Creek Revival"

city scape Abandoned building

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Specific Object: Ideas at the Idea Warehouse

Ideas at the Idea Warehouse

Ideas at the Idea Warehouse


Exhibition catalogue for show held June 16 – July 11, 1975. Introduction by Alanna Heiss and Linda Blumberg. Text by Peter Frank. Includes artists’ projects by Kirsten Bates, Bill Beirne, Anthony McCall, Michael McClard, Jim Cobb, Colette, Ralston Farina, Dieter Froese, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Julia Heyward, Davi det Hompson, Taka Iimura, Gianfranco Mantegna, Rita Myers, Virginia Piersol, Marcia Resnick, Angels Ribe, Judy Rifka, Joost Romeu, Willoughby Sharp, Ted Victoria, Yoshi Wada, Robin Winters.

Find the catalogue here

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