Gallery 98 is the online store for the website 98Bowery.com. Paralleling the website, the gallery traces a similar path through the art world of the 1970s and 1980s. But the gallery is distinct in that it is a place for collectors who actually want to own a piece of the past that the website documents.
The art and ephemera found at Gallery 98 spotlights the New York City downtown art world of the 1970s and 1980s, a time of change when artists rejected formalism, opting instead to create work that engaged their own lives and the world around them. It was an era when distinctions between fine art and popular art were challenged; a time when artists embraced new formats like performance and street art; and a period when politics, sexuality, and multiculturalism moved to the foreground.
Marc H. Miller, the founder of Gallery 98, was an active participant in the downtown art scene during these years. He brings to this site knowledge of this period’s history and access to its artists, collections and archives. Much of the art here is connected to the artist group Collaborative Projects Inc. Colab exerted wide influence through members like Jenny Holzer, Tom Otterness, and Kiki Smith; through exhibitions it organized like The Times Square Show (1980); and through two affiliated art spaces, Fashion Moda in the South Bronx, and ABC No Rio in the Lower East Side.
Miller is a writer, archivist, curator and educator with a doctorate in art history from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. His publishing company Ephemera Press produces pictorial maps of historic neighborhoods. Miller’s website 98Bowery.com is a scrapbook style account of the downtown art world from 1969 – 1989.
EXHIBITION: Talk is Cheap, A Street Poster Exhibition, 1984
EXHIBITION: Stefan Eins, 3 Mercer St. & Fashion Moda, 1970-80
EXHIBITION: Guerrilla Girls, Feminist Street Posters, 1985-1991
EXHIBITION: The East Village Eye, January 1979 – January 1987
EXHIBITION: NYC Nightclub Ephemera, 1980s
INVENTORY: Arranged Alphabetically by Artists, 1969-89