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GREEN CHALK CONTEMPORARY

542 ORTIZ AVE

SAND CITY , CA 93955

© Green Chalk Contemporary | All Rights Reserved

EDUCATION

 

MFA,University of Chicago, Chicago IL

BA, Yale University, New Haven CT 

Also attended Grinnell College and the San Francisco Art Institute.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2003

Shortest Stories, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson WY

Storytelling: monotypes, TI 155, Treasure Island, CA

F(r)iction, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica CA

Shortest Stories and Exhortations, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley CA

Balancing Acts: A Fifteen Year Survey of Works in Wax, Maria Porges, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek CA

After the Age of Reason, di Rosa Preserve: Art and Nature, Napa CA

Under the desk, Littlejohn Contemporary, New York NY

Bombast, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA

2002

Bedtime Stories, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago IL

2001

Tall tales  & short stories, James Harris Gallery, Seattle WA.

2000

Acts of Deception, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA (catalogue)

Miraculous Vessels, David Beitzel Gallery, New York NY.

1999

Hand Signals, Gallery A, Chicago, IL (catalogue)

(S) light of Hand, Allene LaPides Gallery, Santa Fe NM.

1998

Lost Language, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans LA.

1997

History Lessons, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA.

1996

Anodyne, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans LA.

1995

Twenty Questions, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA.

1994

Angelography, Shepard Art Gallery, University of Nevada at Reno, NV.

1993

Fugitive Time, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco CA.

 

1992

SECA Award Show, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA (catalogue)

Meridian, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco CA.

1991

Under the Skin of Circumstance, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco CA.

1990

Read \ See: The Book of Knowledge, Installation at San Francisco Camerawork.

1989

Harboring Illusions in the Sea of Information, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco CA

 

      

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2019, The New Domestics, Finding Beauty in the Mundane, LH Horton Jr Gallery, SHIMA 144, Delta College, Stockton, CA, curated by Gail Enns; catalog.

 

2018 The New Domestics, Finding Beauty in the Mundane, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA, curated by Gail Enns; catalog.

You'd Be Prettier if You Smiled, Three person exhibition, Susan Abbott Martin, Maria Porges, the Temple Sisters, Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, CA.

2004

By the Book, Kaller Fine Arts, Washington DC

Collage: four artists, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson WY

The Art of the Book, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley CA

This is not a book, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA.

The Exquisite Corpse of the Unknown Veteran, SFAC Gallery, SF CA.

Terrain Biennial: Home (multiple sites), installation in Oakland, CA.

Equilux, Southern Exposure Gallery, SF, CA.

Transformation of Connectivity, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland CA

Paronomasia, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson WY

Smoke and Mirrors, Southern Exposure Gallery, SF CA

Making ( ) That Matters, Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Center, Oakland CA

Build, Traywick Gallery, Berkeley CA

Day Redreamed Berkeley Central Arts Passage, Berkeley CA (18 piece installation)

Breaking Ground: Gifts from Katie and Drew Gibson, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose CA

IRL, Alter Space Gallery (15 piece installation), SF CA

Reverse Rehearsals, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco CA

The Art of the Book, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley CA

The Wanted Posters: an invitational, Shipping and Receiving, San Francisco CA

Under Cover, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT.

X Libris, Root Division, SF

Collect, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley CA

Kalafornia, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley CA

Unbound: A Short Survey of Book Art, organized by the Bedford Gallery for the Walnut Creek Public Library 

Secret Drawings, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto CA

Shadowshop, SFMOMA, SF CA

New Works/ Old Story: 80 Artists at the Passover Table, Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF CA

Faculty Exhibition, Oliver Gallery, California College of the Arts, Oakland CA

Belle du Jour, Collette Blanchard Gallery, NY 

Under Cover, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT

Book of Lies, Volumes I-III, 18th Street Art Center, Los Angeles CA

Under Cover, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT

Transitional Objects, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto CA

War in the World, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton NJ

Summer, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA

Artist/ Teacher/ Artist, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma CA

Bottle: Contemporary Art and Vernacular Tradition, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT

25th Anniversary Exhibition, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans LA.

2003

Re-Loaded, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago IL

Summer, Littlejohn Contemporary, New York NY

2002

Cabinets of Wonder/ Redux, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto CA

Spring Forward: New Work from the Studio, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA

Plotting: Artist's Studies, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago IL

2001

Witcherina Pixerina, University Art Gallery, Illinois State U., Bloomington IL (catalogue); traveled to three additional venues

Amused, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago IL (catalogue)

Objects Considered: Modern/ Postmodern Still Life, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek CA

2000

The Great Novel Exhibition, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto CA

Bluer, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago IL  (catalogue)

The Ray Graham Collection, Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque NM (catalogue)

American Art Today: Fantasies and Curiosities, The Art Museum at Florida Int'l University, Miami FL (catalogue).

1999

What is Art For?, Oakland Museum (Museum of California), Oakland, CA (catalogue).

Looking at Ourselves: Works by Women Artists from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SF, CA. (catalogue)

Recent Acquisitions, Scottsdale Museum of Art, Scottsdale AZ.

Still Life Infinitely Moving, Contemporary Art Center, Virginia Beach, VA  (catalogue).

Museum Pieces: Artists Look at the DeYoung, M.H.DeYoung Memorial Museum, San Francisco CA (catalogue).

1998

Four California Conceptualists, B & D Studio Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

Art Around the Bay: Recent Acquisitions, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SF CA

Wild Things, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA

Legible Forms: Contemporary Sculptural Books, Hand Workshop, Richmond VA; traveled to Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL

House of Wax, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati OH

Posters, DBL00 Gallery, Albuquerque NM.

1997

Image/ Text, Gallery A, Chicago IL

John Berggruen at Andrea Friesen, Andrea Friesen, Gallery, Sun Valley ID

Office Art, University Art Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM

Spring Fever, Crown Point Press Gallery, San Francisco CA.

1996

Matters of the Heart, Haines Gallery, San Francisco CA

Objects Transcended, Allegheny College, Meadville PA (3 person show)

Glass: Linking Art and Science, MIT Museum, Cambridge MA.

1995

Sex Sells, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco CA

 

25th Anniversary Show, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA

The Art of Light and Glass, Bedford Gallery/Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek CA

Points of Interest, Points of Departure, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA

Transtextualization, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Espiritu + Geistigkeit, Cabrillo College Gallery, Aptos CA (3 person show)

SoEXX: 20th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco CA

Wunderkammer, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco CA.

1993

Art About Books, Pratt Institute Galleries, NY/Brooklyn, NY

Beyond the Written Word, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA

The Art of Text, Comus Gallery, Portland OR

Material Departures, One Illinois Center, Chicago IL

1992

The Object is Bound, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco CA

Homefront, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael CA

Paint/Print, Rena Bransten Gallery, SF

Undercover/Out of Bounds, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale AZ

Sacred Art, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas CA.

A Fragile Line: Artists Who Use Glass, Pro Arts, Oakland CA.

Harlequin, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco CA.

 

1991

The Library of Babel: Books to Infinity, White Columns, New York, NY; traveled to Hallwalls, Buffalo NY (catalogue)

Books as Art, Boca Museum, Boca Raton, FL (catalogue).

Erotic Drawings, San Francisco Artspace, San Francisco CA.

Buying the Magazine for the Ads, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco CA.

AMDG, Installation at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco CA.

Phenom \ Phenotype: A Group Theory, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco CA.

Summer Salon, Upaya Gallery, San Francisco CA

 

1990

Con\Text, Richard/ Bennett Gallery, Los Angeles CA

The Writing on the Wall, DICE Gallery, Reno NV & DTO Gallery, Oakland CA (2 person show; catalogue)

The 1st International Festival of Contemporary Art, Soviet-American exchange show: Moscow, Russia

The Book as Metaphor, Folk Art and Craft Museum & California Craft Museum, SF CA.

1989

What's Wrong With This Picture?, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, SF CA (catalogue)

Tools; Instruments; Implements; Utensils, Airport Commission Gallery, SF CA

Artists  and Books, Sierra Nevada Museum of Art, Reno NV

 

1988

Transfiguring the Mundane, New Langton Arts, San Francisco CA

 

1986

Airport Cafe: Food Images by Contemporary Artists, Airport Commission Gallery, SF CA

Chairs: Historic Objects, Architectural Design and Sculpture, Airport Commission Gallery, SF CA (catalogue)

 

1983

Beyond Words, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA

Awards, Residencies, Grants and Commissions.

2014

Finalist, Art Writer’s Grant, Creative Capital/ Andy Warhol Foundation

Residency at Kala Institute, funded by Sustainable Arts Foundation

Investing in Artists Grant, CCI (for studio equipment)

Finalist, Art Writers Grant, Creative Capital/ Andy Warhol Foundation.

2005-8

Hauberg Fellowship Residency, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood CA

Faculty Travel Grant, California College of the Arts, San Francisco CA

Faculty travel grant, California College of the Arts, San Francisco CA

Faculty development grant, California College of the Arts, San Francisco CA

Public sculpture commission (six pieces) for CALPERS headquarters, Sacramento, CA

2000               

Artist in Residence, Headland Center for the Arts, Fort Barry CA (also 1992)

Printmaking residency, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA.

1994

Art in Transit (public art kiosk poster design for Market Street, SF).

1993

Artist in Residence, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA.

1992

SECA Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

1990

California Arts Council Individual Artist's Grant.

1989

Recipient of Critic's Grant as part of "City Sites" at CCAC, Oakland, CA.

1988

John McCarron Criticism Grant, from San Francisco Artspace, SF CA.

 

CURRENT ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL POSSITIONS

Associate Professor, Fine Arts, Visual and Critical Studies, California College of the Arts

Independent writer of reviews, articles, catalogue essays and educational materials on contemporary and historical art since 1988. Publications include reviews and articles in Artforum, Sculpture, American Craft, as well as over 100 catalogue essays for commercial and nonprofit exhibition venues.

 

 

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

1996

In conversation: Hung Liu and Maria Porges, Rena Bransten Gallery, SF CA (in conjunction with SF Book Fair)

Panelist, professional practices for artists, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA

Juror, statewide annual juried exhibition, Utah Visual Arts and Exhibitions program, Salt Lake City, UT

Juror, 25th Anniversary Exhibition, CCA Glass Program, Oliver Art Gallery, Oakland CA

One on One: gallery talk on Lick and Lather by Janine Antoni, at SFMOMA, SF CA

 Conversation with Lisa Kokin, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley CA

Juror, Headland Center for the Arts international and national artist’s residency program

Moderator, “Curators in Glass” panel, Jaroslava Brychtova Forum, Seattle WA

In Conversation: Maria Porges with Erica Wheeler and Nathan Watson, NOMA Gallery, SF

Watton Criticism Lecture, annual Glass Arts Society Conference, on critical issues in craft and art

Panelist, Critical Writing at “Shaping the Future of Craft,” American Craft Council conference, Houston, TX 

Board Member, Death and Taxes (social art project).

Panelist, “Artist/ Teacher/ Artist,” Sonoma Museum.

Moderator, “First Annual Intra-School MFA Debate,” held at CCA.

Panelist, “At The Helm: Women Decision Makers in the Arts,” Microsoft Mountain View Campus.

Board Member, Public Glass, SF CA.

Panelist, “Criticism in the Bay Area,” San Francisco Art Institute, SF, CA.

Juror, Marin Arts Council Sculpture Grants.

Juror, student art awards/fellowships, California College of Arts and Crafts.

1997

Curator, "The New Traditionalists," at the Museum of Art, University of Oregon/Eugene OR.

1994              

Curator, "Wunderkammer," at Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco CA.

1994             

Panelist, Artists and Critics, at SFMOMA in conjunction with museum opening

 

1993

Panelist, "Ideas and Material," Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn MI

Panelist, "Carried by the Current: Narrative Imagery," Susan Cummins Gallery

Juror, Student Art Awards/Fellowships, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland CA

 

1992

Juror, San Francisco Artspace 1992 Writing Grants, SF CA

 

1990-3

Curatorial Board Member, Southern Exposure Gallery, SF CA

 

1990

Curator, "Image/Object/Place," Oliver Art Center, CCAC, Oakland CA

1989

Co-curator, Moderator for panel in conjunction with "Containment" DICE Gallery, Reno NV 

 

Curator/

 Organizer, 'The New Narratology: Examining the Narrative in Image-Text Art," at San Francisco Artspace Annex; traveled

 

to Museum For The County of Santa Cruz, Ca, Miami Art Museum, FL; University of Texas at Arlington, TX.  

 

Organized panels and gave lectures at all venues.

1987-90

 

1984-7

Member, Advisory Board, Whitewalls Magazine

Member, Artist’s Committee, San Francisco Art Institute 

Poetry and prose published in small press magazines and journals

1975-6

Ceramics apprenticeship, Daigo, Japan

 

LECTURES ON WORK, READINGS, PERFORMANCES

2006

Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica CA

Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley CA

A Fish Story, part of the Small Talk Series in conjunction with Moby Dick exhibition, Wattis Gallery, SF CA

University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (visiting artist lecture)

(visiting artist lecture) School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL

(visiting artist lecture) Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA.

(in conjunction with visiting artist/graduate critiques) CSSA Summer School, Valencia CA

University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana, IL

 

1999

California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland CA

 

1998

California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland CA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Society for the Encouragement of Art), SF CA  

 

1997

University of Illinois at Champaign, Il (in conjunction with graduate critiques)

1996

Cranbrook Academy of Art, Detroit MI (in conjunction with graduate critiques)

University of Chicago, Chicago IL

1995

Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass CO.

1994

Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

Headlands Center for the Arts, Fort Barry CA

Tulane University, New Orleans LA 

University of Nevada at Reno, Reno NV

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley CA

S. F. State University, SF CA

Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA.

1993

Cranbrook Academy of Art, Detroit MI.

California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland CA.

Studio Inferno, New Orleans LA.

1992

Art Center College, Pasadena CA.

 

University of California at Davis, Davis CA

San Francisco Art Institute, SF CA

Northern CA Women's Caucus for the Arts

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SF CA.

1991

California State University/Los Angeles, CA.

1990

SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA.

San Jose State University, San Jose CA.

Family Stories, performance/ reading at Intersection for the Arts,  SF.

1988

Art Academy, San Francisco CA.

Performance/Reading in "Visual Voices: A Spoken Word Event," Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco CA

 

1987

Poetry reading, Falkirk Center, San Rafael CA

 

1986

Poetry reading, Cody's Books, Berkeley CA

 

1983

Renga, a Performance-in-Progress, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley CA.

1980

Go, performance collaboration with Deborah Slater, New Performance Gallery, SF, CA.

 

1979

Masks for Tools, performance, Midway Gallery, Chicago IL

  

 

PUBLICATIONS

1986 to the present: Reviews, feature articles, columns and interviews, about art, artists and art culture, in numerous regional and national art magazines, including Artforum, Sculpture, Art in America, Contemporanea, Art Issues, Artweek, Artspace, Art Today, Shift, Artwest, Visions, Glass, the New York Times Book Review, American Craft, American Ceramics, Glass, Nuesglas, and others. Over 65 exhibition catalogue essays for galleries and museums. Audiotour scripts for more than 60 major museum exhibitions. 

 

PUBLIC  AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Los Angeles County Museum of Art The di Rosa Foundation

Berkeley Art Museum Phillip Morris

Oakland Museum of California

Certus Assets Advisers

Seattle University Charles Schwab

Scottsdale Museum of Art Saks Fifth Avenue

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art The Gund Collection

Armand Hammer Museum at UCLA Prudential Insurance

CalPERS corporate headquarters The Hechinger Collection

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2003

Interview by Elise Morris for her blog The Studio Work (thestudiowork.blogspot.com), January

David Roth review of Shortest Stories at Seager Gray Gallery, squarecylinder.com, April.

Included in Studio Visit, Linda Geary, Edition One Books, Berkeley CA.

Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: the SECA Art Awards, SFMOMA, pp.92 (plate), 185.

Astounding Knits, Lela Nargi, Voyageur Press: essay on knitted bombs, pp.148-49.

Martha Ross, “Wax Works,” exhibition feature and cover, Diablo Arts Magazine, 4/09.

Jamie Brunson, review of “Bombast” in Stretcher Magazine (www.stretcher.org)

2002

Heather Knight, “Cabinets of Wonder capture spirit of the past,” SF Chronicle, 11/1.

“Unearthing the Past,” Palo Alto Weekly, November 1, p.18.

Jack Fischer, “Collecting Curiosities,” San Jose Mercury News, October 27, p. 5E.

Steve Winn, "Work in Progress," San Francisco Chronicle, 5.21, D 1, 2.

2001

E. Sivesind, "Still lifes continue to stir the imagination," Contra Costa Times, Nov. 17, D1.

V. Josslin, "Porges brings art, magic and science together," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2/9.

 

2000

Jesse Hamlin, Pictures of a Thousand Words, San Francisco Chronicle, 7/18.

Frank Cebulski, The Great Novel Exhibition, Artweek, September, p.20.

Sarah King, Maria Porges at Allene LaPides, Art in America, March, pp.137-138

David Bonetti, Witty ways with words, material, San Francisco Examiner, 3/24, p. 37

Glen Helfand, Edward Ruscha, Maria Porges, S. F. Bay Guardian, March 29, p. 105

Ken Johnson, Maria Porges, New York Times, 4/14, B44

Kay Whitney, Maria Porges, Sculpture, April, pp. 67-69

Jesse Hamlin, Messages in her bottles, San Francisco.Chronicle, 4/5, Datebook  p. 1, 6.

1999

Paul Wiedeman, Wax Sculpture: Porges at LaPides, Pasatiempo Weekly, Sept. 17- 23, p. 24

J. Alt, Gallery Previews: Maria Porges, Santa Fe Magazine, October, p.99

Carolyn Reeve, San Francisco: Quattro artisti en camino, Arte Magazine, July, pp.114-119 

Alan Artner, Maria Porges stays true to unique vision, Chicago Tribune, 4/1,  sec.5, p. 2.

1998

Mary Hull Webster, Maria Porges at John Berggruen Gallery, Artweek, February, p. 18.

1997

Ruth Resnicow, Art 1997 Chicago, Sculpture Magazine, October, p.68.

1996

Rebecca Snedeker, Waxing Pain, New Orleans Art Review, Nov.-Dec., pp. 30-31.

George Melrod, Openings, Art & Antiques, Oct.ober, p. 30.

Betty Klausner, Maria Porges, Art in America, March.

1994

Ruth Askey, "Bound for Glory,"  Visions Art Quarterly, Summer 

Alfred Jan, Maria Porges at Terrain, Visions Art Quarterly, Spring

David Bonetti, Through a Glass Brightly, San Francisco Examiner, April  1, D-19

Jamie Brunson, San Francisco FAX: Maria Porges at Terrain, Art Issues 31, p.31.

1993

Books as Objects, (exhibition catalogue), Comus Gallery, Portland OR.

David Bonetti, Strong showings by three Californians, SF Examiner 12/3, p. C-18

Ann Sherman, A spine madness: reinventing the book as art, Metro, Dec.9-15, p.44

Time flies, and only an angel can keep up, interview in Jejune, pp.1-4.

1992

Barrett Watten, Strategies: SECA, Artweek 11/4,p.24

Debora Donato, On View: San Francisco, New Art Examiner, Sept. 1992, pp.24-26

SECA Art Award 1992, catalogue, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

David Bonetti, Conceptual Art By The Book, San Francicso Examiner 4/24, D2.

Charlotte Moser, Down Home, Artweek 4/24.

Barbara Fisher, From Cover To Cover, Artweek 5/7, p.26

Kenneth Baker, How Culture Defeats Nature, San Francisco Chronicle 6/4

Kenneth Baker, Mining the Environment for Local Riches, SF Chronicle  9/27.

1991

John Rapko, "Remembering and Forgetting," Artweek 6/6, p.28

Barrett Watten, "Consensual Erotica," Artweek 10/10, p.13

"The Library of Babel," catalogue (Hallwalls/ White Columns) 

"Books as Art," catalogue, Boca Raton Museum of Art

Jeff Kelley, "Fugitive Landings: Installations in San Francisco," Visions, Winter, p. 28.

1990

Barrett Watten, The Writing on the Wall: Women and Language at CCAC,  Artweek 7/5, pp.12-13

Buzz Spector, The Writing on the Wall: Exhibition Review, Shift  #11

Conversation: Maria Porges/Buzz Spector, Visions, Fall 1990, pp. 14-18.

1989

Kenneth Baker, Finding a Message in Found Objects, SF Chronicle 1/7, C-.7

Glen Helfand, The Ordinary Transformed, Artweek 1/7, p.7

New Langton Arts Catalogue of Programs, pp. 41-43

What's Wrong With This Picture? Artists Respond to Censorship, publication in conjunction with Arts Commission Gallery exhibition, p.1

 

1988

1988 in Review: Alternative Spaces, Art in America, August, p.60