Through December 19, 80 Washington Square East Galleries presents an exhibition of the works of Stuart Sherman, a member of the important generation of American avant-garde performance artists who rose to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Stuart is best-known for the performances he called “spectacles,” which often took the form of small tabletop performances and involved the manipulation of everyday objects atop a folding TV dinner tray. Performed by a poker-faced Sherman, the spectacles are a unique hybrid that move between references to various genres, including comedy, magic, musicals, minimalism, surrealism, opera, three-card monte games, fluxus, and vaudeville.
The exhibition, “Beginningless Thought/Endless Seeing: The Works of Stuart Sherman,” explores his extraordinary career, through documentation of his larger scale theatrical productions, sculptural proposals, daily collages, and poetry. Exhibited for the first time is an extraordinary series of drawings executed in the 1970s, which provide the immediate context for the performance spectacles.
We recently toured the exhibition with one of the its curators, Yolanda Hawkins. Click below to hear an audio tour of the exhibition and see highlights of Sherman’s work.
Audio tour of “Beginningless Thought/Endless Seeing: The Works of Stuart Sherman” with Yolanda Hawkins, curator. Now through December 19 at 80 WSE Galleries, NYU.
The exhibition is made possible by the recent restoration of the Stuart Sherman archive at the NYU Fales Collection, allowing many works to be exhibited for the first time.
80 WSE Galleries is operated by the NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions, under the direction of artist and faculty member Peter Campus.