Selections of Paula Cooper Gallery staff over the years — Paula's first employee, Bob Stearns, c. 1970s | Kristoffer Haynes and Tony Feher, c. 1993 | Ona Nowina-Sapinski and Annabel Macrae, c. 1990s | Anthony Allen, 2005 (photo by Katharina Faerber) | PCG staff, 2010 | Philip Shneidman, Alexis Johnson and Steven Henry, 2016 | Jay Gorney, 2017 | PCG staff walkthrough with Charles Gaines, 2018
We are thrilled to announce that 2018 marks the gallery's 50th Anniversary.
In October 1968, the first art gallery in SoHo, Paula Cooper opened with an exhibition to benefit the Student Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam. Curated by Robert Huot, Lucy Lippard, and Ron Wolin, the show included works by Carl Andre, Jo Baer, Bob Barry, Bill Bollinger, Dan Flavin, Robert Huot, Will Insley, Donald Judd, David Lee, Robert Mangold, Robert Murray, Doug Ohlson and Robert Ryman, as well as Sol LeWitt’s first Wall Drawing. In 1996, the gallery moved to Chelsea to occupy an award-winning 19th century building.
In celebration of Paula Cooper Gallery's fifty years of exhibitions as well as performance, poetry, and music events, we will be sharing weekly images from the gallery's archive on Instagram as well as on this dedicated page on our website.
Pictured above is Paula Cooper installing a show at 100 Prince Street, 1971; the gallery's 155 Wooster Street facade, circa 1973; the gallery's 155 Wooster Street facade, late 1970s; the gallery's 534 West 21st street facade pre-construction, 1996; and today with Sam Durant's End White Supremacy (2008) installed.
Stay tuned for more archival images, and use the hashtag #pcg50 to share your own.