The Armory Show and Galerie Nagel Draxler (Booth A4) present a tribute to Pat Hearn and Colin de Land’s visionary programs. This commemorative booth features Mark Dion's Lemonade Stand (1996), Andrea Fraser’s Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk (1989), May I Help You (1991), and Renée Green’s The Pigskin Library (1990). The Armory Show and Galerie Nagel Draxler are proud to showcase this homage to Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co. as part of the 25th Anniversary edition of the fair.
The Armory Show celebrates the legacies of two of its co-founders, Pat Hearn and Colin de Land, with a special presentation of works by Mark Dion, Andrea Fraser, and Renée Green.
James Meyer, curator of What Happened to the Institutional Critique? (1993) held at American Fine Arts, Co., notes:
Andrea Fraser and Mark Dion are among the central figures to have shown at Colin de Land’s American Fine Arts, Co. Renée Green was among the core artists of Pat Hearn Gallery. In Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk, Fraser performs the role of fictive docent Jane Castleton, leading a bemused group of visitors on a “tour” of the Philadelphia Museum, while in May I Help You a display of Allan McCollum’s “Surrogates” becomes a stage set for a biting critique of the art market and Kantian notions of taste. Mark Dion’s Lemonade Stand, originally organized by American Fine Arts, Co. and Galerie Nagel Draxler, is one of the artist’s performative works. Mimicking a child’s lemonade stand, the work staged the principal of capitalist accumulation in a primitive form within an international art fair at the summit of global capitalist exchange. The Pigskin Library is a critical history of the safari, and the grotesque tradition of naming animals for their killers; encompassing such figures as President Theodore Roosevelt, it is among the first of Green’s works to examine the figure of the traveler and the transactions of identity and power across geographical lines. All three works are groundbreaking projects from the period when de Land’s and Hearn’s galleries were at the height of prominence, and these gallerists helped to initiate The Armory Show.