The Showroom

Book Launch: Show and Tell: A Chronicle of Group Material

Tuesday 25 May 2010, 6–8.30pm

Free, no booking required.

The Showroom hosts the book launch of Show and Tell: A Chronicle of Group Material. Edited by Julie Ault. Published by Four Corners Books.

This is the first monograph on the New York based artists’ collective known for its socio-political art practice. Organised by former group members in keeping with the methods and aims Group Material employed, the book charts the origins, processes, developments, projects and contexts of the group’s activities, and draws heavily from Group Material’s archive, including original documents, photographs, drawings, correspondence, artefacts, anecdotal information and texts. Group Material created 45 projects during its period of activities (1979–1996), each represented though installation photography and information from original proposals, exhibition statements, press releases, responses, etc. One emblematic exhibition project, AIDS Timeline, is examined in detail, from collected material and newly conducted interviews. Essays by Julie Ault, Tim Rollins and Doug Ashford further illuminate the methods and principles of Group Material’s practice.