Exit Art closed on May 31, 2012.
Founded in 1982 by Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo, Exit Art was an interdisciplinary cultural center that presented innovative exhibitions, films and performances that reflected a commitment to contemporary issues and ideas. It supported emerging, under-recognized, mid-career and international artists, emphasizing new and experimental forms of expression. It was interested in art that explored environmental, political and cultural issues as a means of initiating or instigating social change. The diversity of Exit Art’s programs reflected the multiplicity of its audience, which included artists, activists, scholars, scientists, students, cultural critics, educators, collectors, and the New York community at large. We thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for more than 30 years of support!
Exit Art's extensive archives have been transferred to the Downtown Collection at Fales Library & Special Collections at New York University, where they are currently being processed, and will eventually be available to scholars and students for research. In addition, we are excited to announce the forthcoming release of two books that will preserve the work of Exit Art and those of other alternative venues -- Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960 to 2010, edited by Lauren Rosati and Mary Anne Staniszewski (MIT Press, 2012) and Unfinished Memories: 30 Years of Exit Art, edited by Garrett White (Stiedl, 2013).
This website will remain active as an archive of our exhibitions and projects.
For information on co-founder Jeanette Ingberman, who passed away in August 2011, click here.
Alternative Histories

New York Art Spaces, 1960 to 2010

The MIT Press / Release date: September 7, 2012

This groundbreaking book -- part exhibition catalogue, part cultural history -- chronicles alternative art spaces in New York City since the 1960s. Edited by Lauren Rosati and Mary Anne Staniszewski. CLICK HERE to pre-order from Amazon.com.

Unfinished Memories

30 Years of Exit Art

Stiedl, Spring 2013

This major monograph will serve as a lasting record of the unique collaborative achievement of Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo in the creation of Exit Art. Edited by Garrett White.

CLICK HERE for more information.