Emily Roysdon, “Positions,” 2011. Exhibition view at Art in General, New York. Photo: Steven Probert. Courtesy the artist and Art in General
Art in General was founded in 1981, by artists Martin Weinstein and Teresa Liszka, in the General Hardware building—hence the name “Art in General.” Weinstein and Liszka aimed to create a space where artists could exhibit unconventional work and exchange ideas with their peers. In its twenty-eight years, the organization has emerged as one of New York City’s leading nonprofit arts organizations.
Today, Art in General fulfills its mission in a variety of ways, including the organization and presentation of exhibitions, hosting a national and international artist residency program, and through regular public programs and membership events. Since 2005, its exhibition program has focused on the commissioning of new work from artists.
Art in General has two main gallery spaces, one on the sixth floor and another in a street-level storefront known as the Storefront Space. Its exhibition program focuses primarily on presenting artists’ work created through the New Commissions and Artist Residency Programs. When the commissioned artworks and projects are event-based, ephemeral or non-objects, special formats or programming are designed for the public to experience the work. In the past, the gallery has presented exhibitions organized by staff, advisory panels, and guest curators with artworks primarily drawn from, but not limited to, an open-call review process.