Join us on Wednesday, November 7th at 6:30pm to celebrate the book launch of Jane Dickson in Times Square (2018), presented by Anthology Editions at Red Bull Arts New York. At 6:45pm, Dickson will screen Charlie Ahearn’s Jane in Peepland (1993, 20 min), followed by a conversation between Ahearn, Dickson and art journalist Linda Yablonsky. At 8:15pm, the evening ends with a screening of Ahearn’s Doin’ Time in Times Square (1991, 40 min). Books will be available for sale throughout the evening, with a book signing by the artist.
For more information, visit Anthology Editions.
Artist Jane Dickson is a deep-rooted and central voice in New York City’s complex creative history. In the late 1970s and early ’80s, she was part of the movement joining the legacies of downtown art, punk rock, and hip hop through her involvement with the Colab art collective, the Fashion Moda gallery, and legendary exhibitions including the Real Estate Show and Times Square Show. In the midst of this groundbreaking work, Dickson lived, worked and raised two children in an apartment on 43rd Street and 8th Avenue at a time when the neighborhood was at its most infamous, crime-ridden, and spectacularly seedy. Through it all, Jane photographed, drew and painted extraordinary scenes of life in Times Square. These works, many of which are reproduced here for the first time, include candid documentary snapshots, roughly vibrant charcoal sketches, and paintings created on surfaces ranging from sandpaper to Brillo pads. Featuring a foreword by Chris Kraus, Jane Dickson in Times Square is a time machine back to a New York City that was truly wild: lawless, manic, sometimes squalid, sometimes magnificent.
Jane Dickson is an American painter. As a central figure of New York’s explosive downtown / uptown art scene starting in the late 1970s, she has participated in numerous iconic exhibitions. Among her many accolades are creating the poster and animations for Colab’s Times Square Show, exhibiting in Keith Haring’s first group show at the Mudd Club, and mounting a solo exhibition at the East Village’s legendary Fun gallery. From 1978 to 1981, Dickson worked the weekend night shift for the computer billboard at 1 Times Square, where she later organized the Public Art Fund’s Messages to the Public series from 1982-1990, for which she invited friends such as Haring, Jenny Holzer and David Hammons to contribute digital artwork. In the ensuing decades, Dickson continued to create and exhibit frequently, and her work is currently represented in more than 30 museum collections, including those of MoMA, the Whitney, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2008, Dickson’s long and historic association with Times Square was made permanent with the creation of The Revelers, a piece comprising 68 life-sized mosaic figures of New Year’s Eve partygoers, commissioned by the Metropolitan Transit Authority and installed in the 42nd Street subway station, where it has since become a beloved tourist destination.
Chris Kraus is a writer, artist and filmmaker whose works navigate the worlds of fiction, nonfiction and philosophy. Her books include I Love Dick, Torpor and, most recently, After Kathy Acker: A Biography.
Fab 5 Freddy exploded on the scene in the late 70’s as one of the first graffiti artists to exhibit his paintings internationally, and was key in the art world acknowledging New York graffiti was an art movement that eventually gave birth to street art. He was recently featured in the Los Angeles Museum Of Contemporary Art’s Art In The Streets.