Paris Review Daily: Times Square Show Revisited


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Views of the Time Square Show (organized by Colab), 1980. Photo collage by Terise Slotkin

A piece I wrote about the revisitation of the Times Square Show:


At what date on the calendar, at what precise location, did counterculture become pop culture? And who do we mark down in the history books as the hero, or the villain, who masterminded the switch? There is an answer: “The Times Square Show.” In June of 1980, more than a hundred artists, under the auspice and directed by the vision of Colab (Collaborative Projects), took over a four-story building on Forty-first Street and Seventh Avenue and mounted a two-month exhibition. There were big names: Tom Otterness, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kiki Smith, Jenny Holzer, Kenny Scharf, Nan Goldin. Oops, wrong turn; the notion of individual heroism, of the creative ego that strives for and achieves recognition—in other words, a modernist view of the artist—is an anachronistic way to view “The Times Square Show.”


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http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2012/10/10/crossroads-of-the-art-world/