BYOA, Today @ X Initiative
Here's the scoop, from Roberta Smith on the New York Times Art Blog:
After almost a year of exhibitions, performances, panels and screenings, the X Initiative, a nonprofit art consortium that took over the old Dia Center for the Arts in Chelsea, will cease and desist on Friday, as planned. But it is going out with a bang and, in contrast to its rather austere exhibition program, with a stark lack of curatorial oversight. The farewell event is a 24-hour marathon titled “Bring Your Own Art (BYOA)” that starts Wednesday at 11 a.m. and ends 24 hours later, at 11 a.m. on Thursday.What the viewing experience will be like I can only guess (sort of like trying to survey an art fair in mid-installation, which isn't bad actually). Robert Smith asked the other question that occurred to me about this:
The rules are easy enough, despite sounding like a recipe for bedlam. Any artwork that anyone brings to 548 West 22nd Street, X Initiative’s temporary home, will be displayed in “BYOA.” The installation will start on the second floor and expand to the third and fourth as needed. It will stop when the spaces are full or the 24 hours elapse, whichever comes first.
A few conditions apply. Small artworks can be carried up the stairs. Bulkier ones must be able to fit — whole or in parts — into X’s passenger elevator. X will provide two ladders; otherwise participants should bring their own tools. One imagines lots of running with hammers.
All artworks not removed by 2 p.m. on Thursday will be discarded. Artists can also register the works they are showing with the Fine Art Adoption Agency, an online network that originated at Art in General in an attempt to place artworks with new owners. Money does not change hands in these transactions, but the artists determine who will be given their work. Will potential adopters be expected to produce proof of vaccination for other artworks in their households?X will be open for the show’s entire 24-hour run.
When I asked Cecilia Alemani, the director of X, about possible space disputes, she was sanguine without getting specific. “It’s a first come, first serve basis,” she said, adding that X is expecting a fair amount of installation art.Even before I head over to see this, I can already say that the X Initiative has been one of the best things to happen in Chelsea in quite some time. Congrats to the organizers for what was obviously a lot of work; and Thanks to them too for what obviously took a lot of faith.