950 Hart Gallery: A History

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3.  There’s a way around every wall.

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-To do well, we had to become innovative and always work harder on the upcoming show.  For our fifth show, it was the fifth year of Bushwick Open Studios.  Bil Bond revamped his installation for the “Garden of Eve”.  Inside the gallery Kronenberg and I hung track lights that our guardian angel had given to us.  From there, Kronenberg put a bar up across the sprinklers.  I climbed our borrowed ladder to suspend Raquel Echanique’s paintings from wires.

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950 Hart!  Big D…………………….s!

2.  Don’t pack the wall too tight.

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-Michael Alan was sitting back, he had decided not to hang his own work, as is the privilege of having someone else curate a show.  Myself and Kronenberg looked at the wall for imperfections to hide behind the paintings and drawings.

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“Give it room to breath.” he said.

What caused this art gallery to come into existence?  What would we do with it?****First there were three artists:  Antoinette Johnson, Mikki Nylund, and Michael Kronenberg.****We started asking friends and people we’d met on the street if they wanted to show art in the premiere exhibition of an art gallery.  “Where?”****“950 Hart Gallery.”  We decided to take advantage of the sign the landlord had attached above the door at the entrance.  What else can you do when you see an opportunity?****We borrowed Naked Paul’s ladder, hung lights, hung our friends’ artworks, and invited them to invite their friends.****There were small breakthroughs in knowledge I learned and relearned again.  These will be chronicled in 5 lessons over the next five blogs.

What caused this art gallery to come into existence?  What would we do with it?
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First there were three artists:  Antoinette Johnson, Mikki Nylund, and Michael Kronenberg.
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We started asking friends and people we’d met on the street if they wanted to show art in the premiere exhibition of an art gallery.  “Where?”
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“950 Hart Gallery.”  We decided to take advantage of the sign the landlord had attached above the door at the entrance.  What else can you do when you see an opportunity?
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We borrowed Naked Paul’s ladder, hung lights, hung our friends’ artworks, and invited them to invite their friends.
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There were small breakthroughs in knowledge I learned and relearned again.  These will be chronicled in 5 lessons over the next five blogs.

Resident artist, co-founder, lover, fighter, master painter, Michael Kronenberg discusses why he finds the 950 Hart Gallery community so profound in our world.

Birth of a State of Mind

One day I walked downstairs and knocked on my neighbor’s door.

"Hey I have an idea.  Where’s Mike?"  I asked of Mikki and Antoinette.

"Next door, I believe." Mikki answered slowly.

I knocked on his door, his roommate answered.  “Hey, is Mike aroun..” I saw him, “Mike come next door, I have an idea.”

He joined us.  “What ya got?”  He asked.

"What do you guys think of turning here and next door into an art gallery?"

"Um, yeah.." Mikki said.

Mike chimed in with “That’s fucking brilliant.”

"I dig it." said Antoinette.

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First thing’s first, “How do we do it?”

"Mike, you’ve been here long enough and have made enough connections in the community that we could pack this place with art.  Not to mention all the art that you, Mikki and Antoinette are capable of producing."

"We can set up a November or December show, send out invites via facebook and email.  Then get some friends to bring their art, we’ll hang it and see what happens.”

Money?  “Let’s try to get these BuyArtists kids to kick in if they’re serious.  If not, what do we need?”

"Lighting."

"Do you have nails to hang stuff?"

Yes.

"Ok, then let’s focus on hanging and gathering supplies.  I’ll talk to them about kicking in."

We had a month and some change to throw together an official 950 Hart Gallery show.

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"Come on, come on, come on, let me show you what it’s all about."

-MJ