Pop-up shows are becoming extremely popular. They are a response to the vacant storefronts and offices now common in New York City’s economic climate. The resourceful are converting unorthodox locations into creative showcases to view art. These unused spaces can liberate artists and curators from the conventional installations of white box galleries. The unexpected setting enlivens the experience of discovery for the viewer: You are not only going to see art, you are going to find art.
This show was the third Momo Evans has curated in the past two years. She invited a select group of artists, twenty-three in all, from the expansive Art Students League community. Since many are or had been students of mine, Momo asked if I would contribute to the exhibition. I did so gladly.
It was a smashing success! Momo took a space designed for a clothing store with all its odd niches, shelving, and racks and converted it into an uncanny art-viewing experience. The week-long exhibition was a celebration of the creativity and diversity of the Art Students League of New York. From its buoyant opening to the abundant foot traffic and great responses, it was an invigorating art-viewing experience.
And let’s not forget its many, many sales. Bravo, Momo!