October 7, 2009 at 8:07 pm (art, teaching)



“Outpost is a group exhibition sponsored by the Visual and Critical Studies Department. It is an inquiry into the value we place on artworks and on the spaces that house them by encouraging the public to trade works of art for goods and services. Organized by faculty member Amy Wilson.”

I’m not entirely sure that descriptive sentence (which I wrote) is actually grammatically correct but here’s the deal: A bunch of students in the VCS department have taken over an unused studio on the 6th floor and turned it into a crazy, alternative exhibition space. Not a white cube at all… it’s bright and colorful with mismatched wallpaper patterns bumping up against bright blue shelves. In it, the students will have their artwork and next to each piece a “mailbox” of sorts – a place where you can leave notes for them, in particular an offer of something you might want to trade for their work. Instead of having a set price list, Outpost is asking the public to speculate on the value of the artwork, but to do so in a way that doesn’t involve money. Maybe you want to offer to clean the apartment of the person who made that awesome painting painting you want, or maybe you want to bake them a cake. Or maybe they want to hold out to trade to someone who offers them a really amazing TV set. Whatever – it’s about the communication, the exchange, and the discussion of what the value is that’s important.

It runs from Oct 15 – Nov 9th and there is an opening (which I hope you will come to!!) on October 15th from 5-7pm. It’s in the 133/141 W21st Street building in the 6th floor studios. Cupcakes will be served!



  1. Andrew Thornton said,

    How did the craft fair go? I have been tied up with the whole moving thing and couldn’t make it out on that rainy day.

  2. amywilson said,

    actually, the craft fair and outpost are two totally different things… craft fair’s not til december…

    Outpost went really, really well – we had a fantastic turnout, despite the rain. And already there are a bunch of offers to trade things for artworks. So it will be really interesting to see what develops as we go!

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