Alice O’Malley, “Community of Elsewheres,” 2008. Exhibition view at PARTICIPANT INC, New York. Photo: Alan Wiener
Founded as an educational corporation and nonprofit alternative space, PARTICIPANT INC seeks to provide a venue in which artists, curators, and writers can develop, realize, and present ambitious projects within a context that recognizes the social and cultural value of artistic experimentation. Its mission is to serve artists through in-depth consideration, presentation, and the publishing of critical writing, and to introduce this work into public contexts through exhibitions, screenings, performances, and educational programs. This mission builds upon alternative space methodologies, particularly a commitment to interdisciplinary, intergenerational exhibition-making and an insistence upon placing together, in one space, work from various mediums—encouraging the coexistence of visual and time-based art.
PARTICIPANT INC is committed to honoring the legacy of the alternative-space movement that shaped New York’s cultural landscape, and to maintaining that tradition with new generations of artists. Throughout its history, PARTICIPANT INC has worked closely with an international, intergenerational range of artists whose work embodies alternative art practices, such as Charles Atlas, Lutz Bacher, Lovett/Codagnone, Kathe Burkhart, Michel Auder, Renée Green, and Børre Sæthre, and has ensured that the work of emergent artists, such as Derrick Adams, Alice O’Malley, Diana Puntar, Robert Boyd, and My Barbarian, are presented in New York for the first time.