Invitation for exhibition of women artists curated by Lucy Lippard, A.I.R. Gallery, 1974


“C.7, 500″: An exhibition organized by Lucy R. Lippard. Offset print, 5.5″ x 8.5”.

In the early 1970s, artists began to make use of SoHo’s many empty lofts. The not-for-profit A.I.R. Gallery, operated collectively by artists, provided a space for women artists under-represented in the art world. Lucy Lippard, one of the most astute critics and curators of the period, curated this exhibition shortly after publishing the influential Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object.

A.I.R. Gallery show card curated by Lucy Lippard

Participating artists: Renate Altenrath, Laurie Anderson, Eleanor Antin, Jacki Apple, Alice Aycock, Jennifer Bartlett, Hanne Darboven, Agnes Denes, Doree Dunlap, Nancy Holt, Poppy Johnson, Nancy Kitchel, Christine Kozlov, Pat Lasch, Bernadette Mayer, Christiane Möbus, Rita Myers, Renee Nahum, N.E. Thing Co. Ltd., Ulrike Nolden, Adrian Piper, Judith Stein, Athena Tacha, Mierle Ukeles, Martha Wilson


A.I.R. Gallery Downtown Galleries Gallery Exhibition Cards Laurie Anderson Lucy Lippard Mierle Laderman Ukeles Soho/Tribeca Galleries Women


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