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Art Ephemera from the 1970s – 1990s

From the Exhibition: 40 Top Art Events of the Downtown Era: A Timeline, 1974–1992

Fine Arts Building, Jeffrey Deitch, Lives, Invitation, 1975

Artists Who Deal With Peoples’ Lives (Including Their Own) As The Subject And/Or The Medium Of Their Work

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Curated by 23-year-old Jeffrey Deitch, “Lives” captured the art world’s turn from formalist theory toward an engagement with everyday life.

The Fine Arts Building at 105 Hudson Street (in what is now known as TriBeCa) saw a flourishing of art events in the 1970s, thanks to its owners’ shrewd hiring of art entrepreneur Julian Pretto to boost the property’s cachet. Pretto set aside the ninth floor for a series of exhibitions by plugged-in young curators.

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DOWNTOWN ERA EXHIBITION HOMEPAGE

From the Exhibition: 40 Top Art Events of the Downtown Era: A Timeline, 1974–1992