Jenni Crain

DOWNTOWN 2021
La Mama Galleria, New York, NY
Curated by Sam Gordon
Peggy Ahwesh, Polly Apfelbaum, Charles Atlas, Leilah Babirye, J. Stoner Blackwell, Maria Calandra, Jenni Crain, Joel Dean, Leah Dixon, Hadi Fallahpisheh, Michelle Grabner, K8 Hardy, Phoebe d’Heurle, Madeleine Hollander, Bill Jenkins, Zak Kitnick, Elizabeth Kley, Rosemary Mayer, Tracy Miller, Matt Paweski, Helen Evans Ramsaran, LJ Roberts, Jacob Robichaux, Adrianne Rubenstein, Sara Maria Salamone, Lizzie Scott, Peter Shear, Ming Smith, Jessie Stead, Frederick Weston, D’Angelo Lovell Williams
January 4 - January 30, 2021

DOWNTOWN 2021 takes its name from the film Downtown 81, which portrayed a day in the New York City of 1981 in all its glory. Forty years later, the exhibition acts as a sequel to the film, taking inspiration from downtown as an idea, a state of mind, and a generative space—rather than just a geographic location—and extending its scope beyond Manhattan to galleries in Brooklyn and Queens. The exhibition is composed of works by artists who have been included in current or previous exhibitions from a selection of over 25 galleries. An essay in two parts will accompany the exhibition; one on the artists and spaces in the exhibition, and the other on spaces from the recent past that have closed or are on hiatus, for a total of 50 spaces. Taken together, the spaces reveal the currents of new visual culture and the idea of a new downtown, taking shape through painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video, installation, and touching on themes of collaboration, liberation, dance, and bartending.