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17 Orchard, [email protected]
East Village / Lower East Side
February 8 - March 1, 2009
Reception: Sunday, February 8, 6 - 9 PM

MWNM is pleased to announce the opening of 93 DAYS. 93 days is the span of time partners Karen Archey and Alice Wells were given to transform the storefront of 17 Orchard into an alternative exhibition space. The conditions that made this project possible are elucidated through an ongoing, self reflexive archive. The archive is an encompassing installation that serves to question the relevance of the increasingly popular alternative exhibition space and the problematic, constructed identity of the young artist and art professional. Collaborators include Jon Rafman, William Bryan Purcell, Tim Ridlen and Bret Schneider.

The conclusion of MWNM is contingent upon the lease of its storefront, elucidating the relationship MWNM bears to the economy and real estate market, as well as personal variables that determine its longevity. 93 DAYS materialized as a solution to the obstacle of maintaining an exhibition space that is given an unpredictable duration. The archive will open Sunday, February 8th from 6 – 9, and run through March 1st with the possibility of extension.

MWNM is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. It is generously supported Cardinal Investments.
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