“ACT UP NEW YORK: Activism, Art and the AIDS Crisis, 1987–1993,” 2010. Exhibition view at White Columns, New York. Courtesy White Columns
Founded by Jeffrey Lew and Gordon Matta-Clark in 1970 as an experimental platform for artists, White Columns is New York’s oldest alternative art space. Originally located in SoHo (and known as the 112 Workshop/112 Greene Street), the organization was renamed White Columns when it moved to Spring Street in 1979. In 1991, White Columns moved to Christopher Street in the West Village, and in 1998 the gallery relocated to its present address on the border of the West Village and Meatpacking District.
A nonprofit gallery, White Columns presents an ongoing program of exhibitions, projects, talks, screenings, and events. It is open to the public, free of charge, eleven months per year.
Over the past forty-one years, White Columns has provided early exposure and support to hundreds of artists, including Alice Aycock, William Wegman, David Wojnarowicz, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Fred Wilson, Sturtevant, ACTUP, Lorna Simpson, John Currin, Glenn Ligon, and Sarah Sze, among many others.
Since 2005, we have presented the work of more than 500 artists of all generations, in more than 100 individual exhibitions and projects, including, Eileen Quinlan, John Stezaker, William Scott, Luke Fowler, and Lars Laumann, among many others.