Self-Organized — AESTHETIC POLITICS OF THE ARTIST RUN @ Guest Spot (Baltimore)

July 18, 2015 through August 22, 2015 Opening reception: Saturday, July 18, 2015, 7pm-10pm Guest Spot @ THE REINSTITUTE, 1715 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD

Guest Spot @ THE REINSTITUTE  and TRANSMITTER (NYC) are excited to announce a collaborative group exhibition titled Self-Organized — Aesthetic Politics of The Artist Run.  The exhibition will be on view from July 17th through August 22nd at Guest Spot @ THE REINSTITUTE, with an opening on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 7pm-10pm. Self-Organized — Aesthetics Politics of the Artist Run will also be featured at a satellite booth in The Artist Run Fair that will run congruently with the show’s opening weekend. The booth will be on the ground floor at The Artist Run Fair (1714 N. Charles Street, Baltimore) Friday July 17th through July 19th. Hours will be Friday and Saturday, 11am-9pm and Sunday, 11am-6pm. The Artist Run Fair is organized by Open Space and BOPA.

“The current economic situation and society’s low confidence in its institutions has suddenly demanded artists become more imaginative in the way they organize themselves. If labels such as ‘alternative’, ‘non-profit’ and ‘artist-run’ dominate the self organized art scene that emerged in the late 1990s, the separatist position implied by the use of these terms has been moderated during intervening years. The new anthology of accounts from the front line includes contributions by artists, as well as their institutional counterparts, that provide a fascinating account of the art world as matrix of interconnected positions where the balance of power and productivity constantly shift.” Occasional Table – Self-Organized We are excited for the opportunity to focus our programming around one of the most influential methods of contemporary cultural production, the self-organized initiative. Self-Organized — Aesthetic Politics of The Artist Run is a group exhibition inspired by a published collection of perspectives on this topic, also entitled Self-Organized. The exhibition will feature the work of co-founders and directors of artist run spaces, along with relevant publications from Baltimore, New York City, and beyond. This exhibit module is a survey of influential spaces, examining the aesthetic and political aspirations of the directors’ work and how this influences their galleries’ infrastructure and the broader art community. As Lafuente points out in Self-Organized, “We live in a time when the structures that historically made it possible to develop a critical relationship to artistic practice, together with the social and political models that supported them, are being dismantled. Because of this, it is now imperative to think of new modes of organization that are neither inherited, nor imposed.” TRANSMITTER & GUEST SPOT @ THE REINSTITUTE’s programming seeks to further this active dialogue between multiple artistic disciplines. Artists/ Participants: Arts & Sciences Projects / New York City / Baltimore, MD Lauren Adams / Ortega Y Gasset Projects / Brooklyn, NY Kat Chamberlin /  Common People / Brooklyn, NY Henry Chung / Robert Henry Contemporary /  Brooklyn, NY Mathew Crowther / Crusade for Art / Chicago, IL Hilary Doyle / projekt 722 / Brooklyn, NY Alex Ebstein / Nudashank / Baltimore, MD Robert Alan Grand / Kimberly-Klark / Queens, NY Alexis Granwell / TSA Philly / Philadelphia, PA Tom Griggs / Fototazo / Medellín / Antioquia / Colombia Reid Hitt / projekt 722 / Brooklyn, NY Rhia Hurt / Trestle Gallery / Brooklyn, NY Bonny Leibowitz / Curator / Dallas, TX Mathew Mahler / Small Black Door / Brooklyn, NY Keri Oldham / Field Projects, / New York, NY John M. O’Toole /  Oranbeg Press / Boston, MA Norm Paris / TSA NY / Brooklyn, NY Lauren Portada / Regina Rex / New York, NY Niels Post / Kunst en Complex / Trendbeheer / Rotterdam, Netherlands Trevor Powers / Cat Labs / Easthampton, MA Jacob Rhodes / Field Projects / Brooklyn, NY Joaquin Segura / SOMA / Mexico City, Mexico Ginevra Shay / The Contemporary / Baltimore, MD Conor Stechschulte / Open Space / Baltimore, MD Julie Torres /  Curator / Brooklyn, NY Iemke van Dijk / IS Projects / Leiden, Netherlands Robert Walden / Robert Henry Contemporary /  Brooklyn, NY Guido Winkler / IS Projects / Leiden, Netherlands Patricia Zarate / Key Projects / Queens, NY Hours: Saturdays 1-4pm & Wednesday 5-7pm or by appointment PRESS: ‘Uncertainty in Artist-Run Efforts as Station North Develops,’ Rebekah Kirkman, Baltimore City Paper, August 5, 2015 ‘Brooklyn to Baltimore: A Celebration of Artist Run Spaces,’ Michael Anthony Farley, Art F City, July 30, 2015]]>