Gallery 98

Art Ephemera 1963 – 2001

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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Toyo Portfolio

A portfolio containing 12 signed/annotated digital photographs

Rivington School poster

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

Crowd outside No Se No

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

Toyo 85 poster no se no

No Se No, A large poster for an exhibition of Toyo’s “99Nites” photos

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No se No poster august 29th

No Se No, Kembra Pfahler, Erotic Psyche, and Diane Moonmade, Calendar

Toyo poster for See Saw show

No Se No, Xerox flyer for Toyo’s exhibition of photographs

Jackie Curtis poster of James Dean

No Se No, In “James Dean,” part of the 99 Nights series

toyo-invisible-underground-cover

Toyo Tsuchiya, 99 Nites photographs, published by Howl! Happening, New York. Signed by artist.

mora-coraggio-bertucci

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

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A hand-cut and engraved color photograph by Linus Coraggio shows Ray Kelly's car illegally parked on Forsyth Street near the Rivington Sculpture Garden, c. 1987. Linus had welded the rack atop the car for transporting salvaged pieces of metal. The cut-out words "No Se No" refer to the social club where the Rivington School artists hung out.

No Se No, Linus Coraggio, Forsyth near Rivington Street, hand-cut photo inscribed by Coraggio

Ray Kelly in Corraggio photo

Original color photograph, inscribed on back by Coraggio

Rivington School Press Release

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

Poster for Rivington School exhibition

No Se No, Rivington School Exhibition, Xerox flyer signed by Toyo, 1985

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No Se No poster street art show

No Se No, Rivington School (II) Exhibition, Flyer signed by Linus Coraggio

No Se No poster for Exchange Show Japan

No Se No, Exchange Show Japan with Art Unidentified, Flyer, 1987

Poster for Ken Hiratsuka show

A’s and No Se No, Ken Hiratsuka Two-Gallery Exhibition, Flyer, 1984

Hiratsuka photograph

Nada Gallery, Ken Hiratsuka, One Line in Nada, Card, 1984

Hiratsuka Fossil photograph

Toyo Tsuchiya, Ken Hiratsuka confronted by police, Vintage Photograph inscribed by Toyo, 1984

toyo photograph - before garden

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

toyo photo of Hiratsuka's carved stone

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

view-from-rivington of the sculpture garden toyo

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

Corraggio photos

Four color photographs, assembled by Linus Coraggio

toyo shadows

Shadows (Rivington Sculpture Garden), photograph

Toyo Poster for sculpture garden

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

toyo first anniversary

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

Toyo photograph last day

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

Forged at the Rivington School workshop by Robert Parker

Corraggio welding poster

Signed woodcut print, made for a Rivington School benefit auction

Corraggio poster for Watts Tower

Signed woodcut print, made for a Rivington School benefit auction

Corraggio scrapbook page

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

Space 2B poster open house

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

Linus Corraggio scrapbook page

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

Welding studio ad for classes

Gas Station (a.k.a. 2B), Welding Classes, Flyer

Location poster

Gas Station (a.k.a. 2B), Available For Film Shoots And Party Rentals, Flyer

Flyer for the Gas Station's anti-eviction party, 1995. Part of Gallery 98's

Gas Station (a.k.a. 2B), Anti-Eviction Party, Poster, 1995