Location One Suspends Operation
It is time to close Location One. We have had 15 glorious years, and we are
extremely proud that we were able to offer this oasis to artists in which to dream
and experiment. Our own lives and those of the community were enriched by
all the thoughtful questioning and collaboration of so many artists and thinkers.
The world in which we find ourselves has changed radically from those early
days when the internet was new and computers a mystery and residencies were
a rare gift, but the creativity that gave birth to so many extraordinary events
and exhibitions will live on in the lives of the wonderful artists and thinkers with
whom we were privileged to work.
We have closed our international residency program. We will suspend our
exhibition, performance and discussion programs as of June 30, 2013. Heather
Wagner and Kristofer Widholm have created a beautiful archive, "The Annals
of Location One" to honor the artists and thinkers who graced our galleries:
location1.org. Please have a look! We will maintain this for as long as
We have countless wonderful memories of visionary artists experimenting,
creating new work and collaborating in completely unexpected ways to inspire
all of us to see the world in new light. We treasure the many artists, dancers,
musicians, actors, writers, scholars, inventors, and activists who so enriched the
ferment of ideas. We are hugely grateful to all the sponsors and donors whose
generosity made all things possible. They understood and supported our idea
that much of the most important art was ephemeral or politically and socially
committed. Indeed, this kind of work is often difficult if not impossible to sell,
but the impact on our lives is invaluable.
I personally am indebted beyond measure to the brilliant members of our board
and to our talented and dedicated staff - my partners who created this special
place, most especially: Drazen Pantic, Heather Wagner, Hank Stahler, Claudia
Calirman, Steve Cukierski, Levi Teeling, Tom Fordham and Matilde Chacon;
and to my long-term creative collaborators: Jim Staley, Douglas Irving Repetto,
Bonnie Marranca, David Quinn, Arnie Apostol and the downtown dance
community. Very special thanks to Pieranna Cavalchini, Eric Shiner, Elzbieta
Matynia, Karen Helmerson, Joan Shigekawa, Marcia Vetrocq, Barbara London,
Monika Fabijanska, Chris Csikszentmihalyi, Clay Shirky and Kristofer Widholm.
There are too many wonderful artists to name you all, but a small number of you
have been an inspiration to me for years and have also honored us by serving
as "Senior Artists-in-Residence": Martha Rosler, Laurie Anderson, Joan Jonas,
Carolee Schneemann, Pablo Helguera and Keith Sonnier (board member for
many years). There are no words for the gratitude I feel. It has been a huge
privilege to work with all of you.
With heartfelt thanks to all of our community, I reiterate my deeply held belief:
Artists and thinkers take for granted the fluid boundaries of knowledge in
the twenty-first century. They are the vanguard of human thought. They
shape the models for the way we experience the contemporary world and
images of its future. We at Location One have worked for 15 years to foster
experimental art and critical dialogue between the people of the United
States and the international community. The insight and vision of our
fellows gives us hope for the future.
With love and gratitude,
8 May 2013