Collective Show New York

On a balmy late summer evening, viewers packed in to Participant Inc.’s Houston St. gallery space for the opening reception of Collective Show New York. The crowd spilled out onto Houston St. and drew interest from wandering passersby. The walls were lined with an array of engaging pieces that often eschewed norms of viewer and audience participation as well as authorial attribution. The show featured hanging works, interactive sculptural assemblages, and performances that continued beyond the reception gathering.

Collective Show New York 2010, outside Participant Inc

The Chrysler Series

The Chrysler Series

The Chrysler Series, a cycle of occasional performances, screenings, and readings on an upper floor in the Chrysler Building, presented an intimate experience of participatory viewing. For her Chrysler Series space, curator Summer Guthery invited artists Sally O’Hara Szwed and Deric Carner to create a wine pairing with an image pulled from Rem Koolhaas’s Delirious New York—specifically Flagrant Délit by Madelon Vriesendorp (also Koolhaas’s wife). The artists collaborated to translate visual descriptors of the image into wine terminology, and using terms that included “oak,” “metallic”, and “bold”, selected the 2008 wine Georges Vigouroux, Cahors Le Gouleyant. In the end seeming like a mini-Chrysler evening displaced from its namesake setting, the artists served wine to individuals who were asked to consider the wine and the image as a pair.

Human Resources, a Los Angeles-based collective, collaborated with LA Fog to produce a video performance that included puppetry and musical instruments in a poolside setting.  The images reflected a localized aesthetic that spoke towards the collective’s home—which seemed increasingly disparate from the downtown commotion of Houston St.

179 Canal

179 Canal performance by Stewart Uoo

In contrast, artist collective 179 Canal created a live, in-house performance comprised of music, image-making, and circular feedback entited It’s About Time, My Generation. The 7-part performance began with a keyboard rendition of “Mad World,” known best from the film Donnie Darko. Leading in to the performance one member began to sing the same song as she is photographed doing so. Images of the performance were printed on site and placed beginning outside the gallery space and leading towards the actual singing that is taking place. Along with the images placed on the ground, Luna bars are dispersed to the audience. In a climactic ending, the documentary photos are collected and presented to the female singing and perched on a ladder, who then destroys the mementos with a paper shredder and deposits them in a black plastic bag. Echoing the themes of self-reflexivity and unending informational feedback that have reached an apex in the contemporary moment, It’s About Time, My Generation was an engaging, playful presentation that not only struck a timely thematic chord dealing with spectacle, but also gave out free Luna bars.

Artist Accomplices

Artist Accomplices pieces by Brant Ritter, RJ Raizk, Brent Birnbaum, Korakrit Arunanondchai

Artist Accomplices, based in New York and Los Angeles, featured works by Brant Ritter, Korakrit, and RJ Raizk, with Brent Burnbaum’s Porno for Pyros mixed-media piece grabbing much of the audience’s attention. The extremely intricate and exhaustingly detailed work is comprised of countless depictions of Western and Middle Eastern women, and features kitschy pop culture references abound. Porno for Pyros straddles themes of high faith, common cultural beliefs, and unfounded superstition. Running across the work’s crest an assembled banner of US major league baseball caps reads, “Asalaam Alaykum”—the Arabic greeting for “peace be upon you.” The traditional expression, literally assembled by localized American sports iconography, makes an example of how any Middle Eastern representation might be filtered through Western cultural understanding.

Check out more pics from the CS New York show here.

Collective Show NY will be open until September 26 at Participant, Inc., 253 East Houston Street. It is part of the ongoing Collective Show exhibition, which will open in Los Angeles on January 20, 2011 and Berlin later that year.

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Happy 2015 from Collective Show

Dear Friends,

We hope you had an incredible 2014 and you’re looking forward to 2015! We are excited to announce that Collective Show is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which means your donations are now fully tax-deductible. As before, 100% of your donations go directly towards organizing Collective Show’s “group shows of groups shows” around the world. With your help, since 2009, we have organized exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and Mexico City featuring over 130 contemporary art collectives made up of over 1100 individual artists.

Please consider making a donation and sending the following link to your friends and patrons before year-end: Donate Now! Even a $20 donation will help tremendously in mounting our next shows.

For 2015, we are making plans for Collective Show Tokyo and for Collective Show Detroit! We are also continuing our advocacy efforts for artist collectives, including by adding more coverage of collectives on social media and on our website. Please send us recommendations, updates and articles about collectives doing awesome things! And if you’d like to help with our 2015 shows, please drop us a line!

Wishing you all the best for 2015!

The Collective Show Team

Collective Show Mexico City 2014 – April 4-6


Collective Show Mexico City 2014 is less than 2 weeks away!
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DATES April 4-6, 2014

La77 + Alumnos47 + Beka&Jobb +  Bikini Wax + Bliss Crew+ BoyfriendGirlfriend + Casa Maauad +  Camel Collective + Crater Invertido + Colectivo Luz y Fuerza Cine Expandido + Ediciones Conquista +  Diagrama + Eyelevel BQE + Gatosaurio + Haven Press + Las Hermanas Iglesias + HKJB + Libros Caballos + Lodos Contemporáneo + Neter + Planta Baja + Radiador + Silvershed + Soloway Gallery + SOMOSMEXAS  + Taller La Trampa + TLC +++ COLABORACIONES + Diagrama + La77 + Lodos Contemporáneo +  Museo Universitario del Chopo +++

Diagrama, La77, Lodos Contemporáneo, Museo Universitario del Chopo

CO-ORGANIZED BY Casa Maauad, Luz y Fuerza Cine Expandido

SPEARHEADED BY Eyelevel BQE, Silvershed

Click here for more info.

Hope to see you there!

This Sunday, 4/21 – Closing Reception for Collective Show Mexico City

Acompañenos este Domingo 21 para la clausura de Collective Show Mx de 12pm-6pm en Neter.

Please join us this Sunday, 4/21 at Neter for the closing reception of Collective Show Mexico City.

12:00pm – 2:30pm
(link para registrarse al taller/ link to register for the workshop)

2:30pm – 3:00pm

3:00pm – 4:00pm

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Closing Reception: Sunday, April 21, 12pm-6pm
Neter Proyectos, Calle 6, no. 11, Colonia San Pedro de los Pinos, México D.F.

Collective Show Mexico City – Photos from Opening Night!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the third Collective Show!

30 collectives, roughly 10 each from NYC, Mexico City and from all around Mexico, came together to produce a multifaceted show – with an additional archive of many years of work, from hundreds of artists working collectively.

The Opening Reception on Friday, April 12th was a brilliant success, bringing together hundreds of artists, supporters and sponsors alike in the one-of-a-kind Neter space.

A special thanks to Bruxo MezcalDos EquisHelado OscuroSociété Perrier and Patrona Cantina for the fun and spirited evening.

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Collective Show Mexico City – Just 2 Weeks Away!


Neter Calle 6, no. 11, Colonia San Pedro de los Pinos, México D.F.

RECEPTION Friday, April 12, 6-9pm
EXHIBITION April 10-21, 12-6pm
ARTIST TALK Friday, April 12, 6-7pm

Alumnos47 + Antena Estudio + Beka&Jobb + Bikini Wax + Blue Mango Mocqueca + BoyfriendGirlfriend + Camel Collective + Ediciones Conquista + Ediciones Hungría + ERRR-Magazine + Espacio Planta Baja + Eyelevel BQE + FURTHERMORE + Gowanus Studio + Haven Press + HKJB + JAPANTHER + Luck You Collective + MAMA + Neter + Our Goods + Perros Negros / Pazmaker + Pioneer Works / The Intercourse + Progress Report + Sector Reforma + Silvershed + Soloway Gallery + + Truequeando / Trade School Mx + Ugly Duckling Presse+++

COLLABORATORS Alternative Histories + Ricardo Casas Design

SPECIAL THANKS Patrona Cantina + Mezcal Bruxo

Reports from Sunday Evening at Hôtel Americano

On a recent Sunday evening, Collective Show artists, patrons and other friends came together on the rooftop of Hôtel Americano to support the upcoming Collective Show exhibition in Mexico City.

In case you missed the event, you still have a chance to peruse the artworks that were featured in the evening’s silent auction.  Visit to view and bid on the works through April 10th. A portion of all sales will go towards the production of Collective Show Mexico City 2013, which opens April 10-21 at Neter.

This Sunday Evening: Benefit for Collective Show Mexico City at Hôtel Americano

Please join us this Sunday for a fundraiser to benefit the production of Collective Show Mexico City, an artist-organized exhibition of contemporary art groups recently established in New York and Mexico, opening in Mexico City in April 2013.

Select works will be featured in a silent auction.

Hôtel Americano
Sunday, March 24th, from 7pm-10pm
$15 suggested donation at the door

La Piscine Rooftop Pool & Bar
518 W27th Street, New York, NY 10001

Collective Show Launches Exhibition in Mexico City


New York, NY – March 22, 2013 – Collective Show is pleased to present “Collective Show Mexico City,” an artist-organized exhibition of contemporary art groups recently established in New York and Mexico. This collaboratively curated “group show of group shows” features active artist-run spaces and projects formed in the past decade, showing side by side at Neter art space in Mexico City.

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Collective Show Mexico City Opens in April 2013

COLLECTIVE SHOW Mexico City 2013
Collective Show Mexico City opens April 10-21, 2013 at Neter.

Find out more here >