Gallery 98

Linus Coraggio, Toyo Tsuchiya, and the Rivington School, 1983–95



The Rivington School Sculpture Garden, 1985–1987. Two photos from a scrapbook page assembled by Linus Coraggio.

Last year’s publication of Rivington School: ’80s New York Underground (Istvan Kantor, ed.; London: Black Dog, 2016) surprised many who thought they knew the history of art in downtown New York. At the height of the Rivington School’s anarchic art activity in the 1980s, few critics were covering it. Decades later, the new book revealed the surprising appeal of the youthful, anti-commercial, anti-aesthetic, drug-and-alcohol-fueled creative tumult. Its first printing quickly sold out, and the Rivington School suddenly looked like one of New York’s most authentic and interesting punk art strains.

The so-called “School” was less an art movement than a social circle. It got its start in 1983, when Ray Kelly opened the club No Se No in a dilapidated storefront at 42 Rivington Street, launching it with a summer performance marathon, “99 Nights.”

In 1985, No Se No artists took over the empty lot on the corner of Rivington and Forsyth, transforming it into a crammed, junkyard-like Sculpture Garden that would become the Rivington School’s best-known manifestation. Over the next two years, the squatted Garden grew into a dense thicket of metal, incorporating all of the group’s wildest impulses, as sculptors chaotically added to it. Lawless and threatening, the garden was destined to be demolished by police in 1987.

Gallery 98’s online exhibition spans the Rivington School’s first 13 years, from the opening of No Se No to the closing of the studio and exhibition space The Gas Station (1995). In creating this exhibition, we have worked closely with two key figures, Linus Coraggio and Toyo Tsuchiya. Other Rivington School artists also make appearances, most notably “Cowboy” Ray Kelly and Ken Hiratsuka.

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Exhibition Items

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Photo Portfolio by Toyo—Rivington Sculpture Garden

A portfolio containing 12 signed/annotated digital photographs

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Poster—Rivington School Six O'Clock Logo, 1987

Silkscreen poster printed at the Lower East Side Print Shop; writing by Ray Kelly

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Photo by Toyo—Crowd for 99Nites, No Se No, 1983

Digital print, signed and annotated by Toyo. Available individually or as part of the Rivington School portfolio, 2017

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Poster—Toyo's "99Nites" Photos, No Se No, 1985

A large poster for an exhibition of Toyo’s “99Nites” photos

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Flyer—"99 Nights," No Se No, 1983

A calendar flyer advertising events from Aug. 29 to Sep. 4, with Kembra Pfahler, Erotic Psyche, and Diane Moonmade

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Flyer—Jackie Curtis & Coco Pekelis, No Se No, 1983

In “James Dean,” part of the 99 Nights series

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Flyer—Toyo's "99Nites" Exhibition, No Se No, 1985

Xerox flyer for Toyo’s exhibition of photographs

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Book—Performance Photographs by Toyo, 2016

A book featuring Toyo’s 99 Nites photographs, published by Howl! Happening, New York. Signed by artist.

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Photo—Linus Coraggio with Friends on Rivington Street, 1986

Original color photograph in front of Freddie the Dreamer gallery, Rivington Street, inscribed by Coraggio

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Hand-Cut Photo by Linus Coraggio—Ray Kelly's Van, c. 1987

Original color photo taken at Forsyth, near Rivington, hand-cut by Coraggio, inscribed on back by Coraggio

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Photo—Linus Coraggio with Ray Kelly and Buster, 1990

Original color photograph, inscribed on back by Coraggio

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Press Release—"The Rivington School," 1985

Press release announcing, “All the future group exhibitions planned by No Se No will be called, ‘The Rivington School.'”

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Flyer—"The Rivington School," No Se No, 1985

Exhibition with Wei Wei Ai, Kwok, Arleen Schloss, Ray Kelly, Joe Lewis, Linus Coraggio, Ken Hiratsuka, Xerox flyer signed by Toyo

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Flyer—"Street Artists Show," No Se No, 1986

Featuring Ken Hiratsuka, E.F. Higgins III, Andrew Castrucci, Ray Kelly, Dragan Ilic. Flyer signed by Linus Coraggio

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Flyer—"Exchange Show Japan," No Se No, 1987

Later that year, Rivington School artists would visit Japan

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Flyer—Ken Hiratsuka, A's and No Se No, 1984

A two-gallery exhibition of stone sculpture, paintings, sidewalk

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Announcement—Ken Hiratsuka exhibition at Nada Gallery, 1985

“One Line in Nada.” Photo by Joan C. Barker

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Photo by Toyo—Ken Hiratsuka Street Work, 1984

Black-and-white photo showing Hiratsuka confronted by police. Vintage print, inscribed on back by Toyo.

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Photo by Toyo—The Empty Lot, before the Garden, 1985

Digital photograph, signed and annotated by Toyo. Available individually or as part of the Rivington School portfolio, 2017 Copy

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Photo by Toyo—Ken Hiratsuka's Carved Stone, c. 1985

Digital photograph, signed and annotated by Toyo. Available individually or as part of the Rivington School portfolio, 2017

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Photo by Toyo—Rivington Sculpture Garden, c. 1986

Digital photograph, signed and annotated by Toyo. Available individually or as part of the Rivington School portfolio, 2017

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Scrapbook Page by Linus Coraggio—Rivington Sculpture Garden, late 1980s

Four color photographs, assembled by Linus Coraggio

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Photo by Toyo—Sculpture Garden Shadows

Shadows (Rivington Sculpture Garden), photograph

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Scrap Metal—Salvaged from the Sculpture Garden, c. 1989

Scraps salvaged by Linus Coraggio

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Poster—No Se No Sculpture Garden News, "1st Anniversary Show," 1986

1st Anniversary Show, poster, designed and signed by Toyo

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Photo by Toyo—"We Painted Entire Garden White," 1986

Digital photograph, signed and annotated by Toyo. Available individually or as part of the Rivington School portfolio, 2017

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Photo by Toyo—"Last Day of the Sculpture Garden," 1987

Digital photograph, signed and annotated by Toyo. Available individually or as part of the Rivington School portfolio, 2017

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Woodcut Print by Linus Coraggio—"Welding," 1984

Signed woodcut print, made for a Rivington School benefit auction

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Woodcut Print by Linus Coraggio—"Watts Tower," 1984

Signed woodcut print, made for a Rivington School benefit auction

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Scrapbook Page—The Second Sculpture Garden, 1989

After the 1st sculpture garden was demolished, a 2nd one was created a block away. Coraggio’s scrapbook page includes 9 photos.

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Announcement Cards (3)—The Gas Station, a.k.a. 2B, 1994

Linus Coraggio’s 2B hosted parties, exhibitions, and art flea markets.

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Scrapbook Page by Linus Coraggio—The Gas Station, 1990

9 photos on scrapbook page document the Gas Station (a.k.a. 2B)

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Flyer—Welding Studio/Welding Classes, 1990s

The Gas Station (a.k.a. 2B) hosted Coraggio’s welding classes.

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Flyer—"Location Available," Space 2B, early 1990s

“Available for Film Shoots and Party Rentals”

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Flyer—Anti-Eviction Party at the Gas Station, 1995

The Gas Station would be demolished later that year.

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Photo Portfolio by Toyo—Rivington Sculpture Garden

A portfolio containing 12 signed/annotated digital photographs