Criss Cross: Some Young New Yorkers III

February 7–April 3, 1999

On February 7, 1999, Criss Cross: Some Young New Yorkers III will take over P.S.1’s café, transforming it into a reading room/marketplace/combat zone where visitors are invited to explore the overlap of art, commerce, and entertainment. A collaboration between eight artists’ groups from the New York area, Criss Cross includes a teenage bedroom/performance space; a dressing room/boutique; a sewing workshop; a magazine reading room; a DJ studio/radio outpost; and a coed performance group ready and willing to guide, influence, mollify and pursue the café visitors. Criss Cross also includes live rock and roll, outdoor battle, and good company in the café and throughout the museum.

An investigation of collaborative activity in New York, Criss Cross reflects the climate of the city and of the year 1999: many of the groups included in the exhibition have a focus that is entrepreneurial and commercial while others critique those impulses; and the majority of the artists participating in the exhibition are women whose practice is interactive and broadly multidisciplinary.

Criss Cross includes:

Between the sheets one will find a working-class, talented, conceptual art band with flashes of wit, charm, and good looks. Actress experiments with instinctive rhythms, natural powers, and are college-educated. Actress’ favorite actress: Gena Rowlands.

FAT magazine
Founded by Josephine Meckseper, FAT magazine is a truly popular art magazine, a mock-tabloid uncontaminated by critspeak or promotional copy. A mixture of crime, sex, and art makes FAT an easy read for the entire family. On view at P.S.1 will be FAT paraphernalia: FAT pantyhose, FAT glitter underwear, imagery from all three issues, x-rated posters, and videos by various FAT-related artists.

On April 3rd, 1999 Josephine Meckseper challenges any or all female magazine editors to fight her in a “New York Gladiators” Dirk Westphal combat in P.S.1’s courtyard; and FAT magazine issues a general challenge to fearless fighters of both sexes to wage all-out battle at P.S.1 (if you are willing to sign a waiver).

The Stand
The Stand, a collaborative work by artists Carissa Rodriguez and Jodi Busby, was first conceived as an urban event in the marketplace of a public park in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York City. The artists created and inhabited a mobile workshop, hoping to extend the limits of public space to incorporate places for commerce and personal desire. The Stand creates pieces to be worn on the female body, clothing that functions as an agent for new fictions of everyday life in the city, while pioneering a nomadic mode of living.

Spearheaded by founder Uscha Pohl, UP & CO is a collaborative effort that includes:

—an art gallery/project space hosing regular exhibits
—photo, design, visual installations, video, and music collaborations

—an in-house fashion collection designed by Ellis Kreuger and Uscha Pohl
—menswear/womenswear, underwear, outerwear, daywear, eveningwear, made to measure

VERY Magazine: a quarterly forum for different creative domains internationally. VERY is now in its fifth issue with additional book projects on the way.

UP & CO’s project at P.S.1 this spring includes: Uscha Pohl (concept, installation, film, photo, music), Ellis Kreuger (fashion, installation), Angela Hill (VERY), Hugo Tillman (photo/film), and Scars (music).

WFMU is an iconoclastic, listener-supported, free-form radio station reaching all five boroughs of New York City and Northern New Jersey (at 91.1 FM) plus much of New York’s Orange County and the Hudson Valley (at 90.1 FM). The station can also be heard live world-wide via its internet broadcasts. WFMU is radio where just about anything goes. WFMU shuns the concept of one-dimensional narrowcasting practiced by most stations; mixing styles, techniques, media, and manners. WFMU encourages air staff to use the medium creatively and spontaneously, drawing on music, spoken word, live guests, listener telephone participation, and all modern technologies. WFMU thanks DJ Lynn Mullins for coordinating the station’s participation in Criss Cross.

Under the guise of a “curatorial crossing,” zingmagazine invites curators from various disciplines to create forums of individual and graphic fusion that are representative of divergent areas of particular interest. As a critical interface, zingmagazine aims to act as elixir of exchange, constantly imbued with a sense of energized contrasts. A special section devoted to Criss Cross artists’ projects accompanies the exhibition in the magazine’s spring ‘99 issue.

Off and On-Site Performance in the exhibition:

Sincerely Yours Escorts
Under the management of Johanna Burke, Sincerely Yours Escorts is a group of compassionate, intuitive visual and performing artists trained in the art of conversation and hostmanship to accommodate visitors within the multimedia extravaganza at P.S.1. As an escort service “employed” by P.S.1, Sincerely Yours will make guests at home in the museum space, preparing them for content and focusing importance within various interactive pieces. Sincerely Yours draws from etiquette guides by authors such as Emily Post and Judith Martin, as well as Geisha history, pop psychology texts, and past experience in customer service.
Available to the public 12-6 pm at the February 7th opening and every Saturday during the exhibition.

Standard and Poor
Standard and Poor is the collaborative alias for the work of Dominic McGill and David Henry Brown Jr. A play on the name of Standard and Poors, a corporation that rates the performance of Fortune 500 companies, this alias points out how the words “standard” and “poor” have come to signify “wealth” and “success” in American culture. Standard and Poor presents challenging scenarios to the public as real, combining symbolic and ironic actions that prompt behavioral cues learned via media/consumer culture. The subject of Standard and Poor’s projects is the ambiguous nature of what constitutes happiness in a supersaturated “one size fits all” society, and all of the players who don’t win the game. Standard and Poor’s work is the bastard child of fine art, documentary, and sociological process.
For P.S.1, Standard and Poor will be The Red Carpet Rollers—literally rolling out a red carpet off-site for existing and non-existent celebrities, creating and documenting the reactions of the gathered crowd. Standard and Poor operate the red carpet service as a business venture as well as a strategy in art.

Criss Cross is the third installment of the Some Young New Yorkers series initiated at P.S.1’s reopening last year. Some Young New Yorkers showcases the work of talented emerging artists and lesser-known projects from the New York area. Criss Cross: Some Young New Yorkers III is co-curated by Alanna Heiss and Klaus Biesenbach with assistance from Larissa Harris.


Criss Cross: Some Young New Yorkers III is supported in part by a grant from Jerome Foundation.

Greater New York Film Program

  • Peter Hutton
    New York Portrait, Part I, 1978–79;
    Part II, 1980–81
    Oct 11–17
  • Yvonne Rainer
    Privilege, 1990
    Oct 18–24
  • William Greaves
    Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, 1968
    Oct 25–31
  • Lizzie Borden
    Born in Flames, 1983
    Nov 1–7
  • Chantal Akerman
    News from Home, 1976
    Nov 8–14
  • Su Friedrich
    Gut Renovation, 2012
    Nov 15–21
  • Gordon Matta-Clark
    Clockshower, 1973;
    City Slivers, 1976
    Jaime Davidovich
    Reality Properties: Fake Estates, 1975
    November 22–28
  • Manfred Kirchheimer
    Stations of the Elevated, 1981
    Nov 29–Dec 5
  • Terry Fox
    Lunar Rambles: Brooklyn Bridge, 1976; Lunar Rambles: Greenwich Street, 1976
    Dec 6–12
  • Charles Atlas
    From an Island Summer, 1983–84
    Dec 13–19
  • Vivienne Dick
    She Had Her Gun All Ready, 1978
    Dec 20–26
  • Joan Jonas
    Songdelay, 1973
    Dara Birnbaum
    Liberty: A Dozen or So Views, 1976
    Dec 27–Jan 2
  • James Nares
    Street, 2011
    Jan 3–9
  • Gregg Bordowitz
    Fast Trip, Long Drop, 1994
    Jan 10–16
  • Diego Echeverría
    Los Sures, 1984
    With accompanying shorts from Union Doc’s Living Los Sures project, featuring films by Beyza Boyacioglu & Sebastian Diaz; Anthony Simon & Michael Vass; Laurie Sumiye, & Andrew Parsons; Daniel Terna & Michael Kugler; and Daniel Wilson, Liz Warren, Alexandra Lazarowich & Chloe Zimmerman.
    Jan 17–23
  • Rudy Burckhardt
    Square Times, 1967; Default Averted, 1975 Sodom and Gomorrah, New York 10036, 1976
    Rudy Burckhardt/Charles Simonds
    Dwellings Winter, 1974
    Jan 24–30
  • Charlie Ahearn
    Wild Style, 1983
    Jan 31–Feb 6
  • Véréna Paravel and J.P. Sniadecki
    Foreign Parts, 2010
    Feb 7–13
  • Abigail Child
    Mutiny, 1983
    Feb 14–20
  • Shirley Clarke
    The Cool World, 1963
    Feb 21–27
    Feb 28–Mar 7
    Mel Bochner and Robert Moskowitz
    New York Windows, 1966
    Marie Menken
    Go! Go! Go!, 1964
    Ken Jacobs
    Little Cobra Dance, 1956
    Jack Smith
    Scotch Tape, 1959–62
    Third World Newsreel
    The Case Against Lincoln Center, 1968
    Ken Jacobs
    Perfect Film, 1986
    Zoe Leonard and Nancy Brooks Brody
    East River Park, 1991
    Ira Sachs
    Last Address, 2010

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