Venue Info

About Venue:

95 Rivington Street
New York NY 10002
917 488 0185



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.

PARTICIPANT INC is an educational corporation and not-for-profit alternative art space, dedicated to the presentation of artists' work in all mediums. The mission of PARTICIPANT INC 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 disciplines-encouraging the coexistence of visual, literary, media, and performing arts.

Central to its mission is its educational function, manifested in the publishing of critical writing on contemporary art and curatorial practice, also in relation to fields outside of traditional art discourses. PARTICIPANT INC seeks to provide a venue in which artists, curators, writers and educators can develop, realize and present ambitious projects within a context that recognizes the social and cultural value of artistic experimentation.

New York City is enhanced by its long-standing commitment to not-for-profit art activities that function as an integral part of urban life. The social and cultural history of the downtown art scene, so resonant for generations of artists, informed the choice of a Lower East Side location. PARTICIPANT INC utilizes approximately 1000 square feet of street-level space at 95 Rivington Street for exhibition purposes. Its lower level, also visible from street level, functions as an extension of the exhibition space, as well as a collaborative office.

Past Programming, Off-site projects 2002:
Le Tigre benefit performance at Warsaw, with special guests Antony and the Johnsons, Thalia Zedek, and Eileen Myles (January 2002).

Antony and the Johnsons, performances at the Market Theater, Cambridge, MA (March 2002).
Inaugural Season (November 2002-June 2003):
Virgil Marti, GROW ROOM, site-specific installation
Laura Parnes, Hollywood Inferno (Episode One), video installation
Kathe Burkhart, Numbers & Letters, solo exhibition
Lovett/Codagnone, "Wenn ich mir was wünschen dürfte…"
(If I could wish something…), video installation
Kim Gordon, STAIRWAY (IS IT MY BODY?), solo exhibition
SCOUT literary performances curated by Eileen Myles, including
Juliana Snapper, Jordana Rosenberg, and Samuel Delany
Charles Atlas, INSTANT FAME! solo exhibition, live video portraits
Current Season:
Michel Auder, Secret Sharer
Rachel Lowther, Castle Spike
Kathleen White

Our visual art exhibitions, electronic media and film programs are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

PARTICIPANT INC has received generous support from the Harriett Ames Charitable Trust, The MAT Charitable Foundation, the Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and numerous individuals.

PARTICIPANT INC is located at 95 Rivington Street, between Ludlow and Orchard Streets in the Lower East Side.

Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-7pm.


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