Exit Art was a non-profit cultural center that ran from 1982–2012 that exhibited contemporary visual art, installation, video, theater, and performance in New York City. In its last location in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, it was a two-story gallery.
Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo founded Exit Art as an alternative exhibition space. Beginning with its first show, “Illegal America,” and continuing through to 2012, the gallery focused on representing the underdog, dedicating shows to the exploration of ideas and people outside the political, social, sexual, and aesthetic mainstreams. Throughout its history, Exit Art was located in various places. The first location, in 1982, was on West Broadway, in SoHo. In 2002, the gallery moved to its last location in Hell’s Kitchen.
The gallery was lauded for its diverse and daring programming. The 1992 show “Fever” was declared one of the ten most important shows of the decade by Peter Plagens from Newsweek, and the gallery’s 18-year retrospective, The End, won the Association of International Art Critics Award for Best Show in an Alternative Space in 2000.
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