548 W 22nd Street Building (Former Dia)

Event Space in The Chelsea 22nd area

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Former Dia/ X-Initiative Building

X is a not-for-profit organization that will exist for one year and present exhibitions and programming in four phases. X is an initiative of the global contemporary art community that will inspire and challenge us to think about our own possibilities during this unique and defining moment in our culture. X will be a site for dialogue, spontaneous experimentation and new ideas in this time of overwhelming change and transition. X is about looking forward and empowering the community to take action and to define this new age for ourselves and each other.

Phase one of X will include installations by artists of different generations:

On the ground floor, Mika Tajima will create an installation that is part film set, stage, greenroom and prop house. Titled The Extras, the installation will include 35 sculptures, a range of performances and two videos. On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors, X will present an extensive survey of the work of Derek Jarman, one of the most radical figures of British independent cinema. The exhibition will feature 18 super-8 mm films rarely seen in the US. On the roof, Christian Holstad's Light Chamber (Part Two), an installation modeled after gay leather sex clubs and high-end spas, features a useable tanning bed and an extreme sound component.

In addition to these three exhibitions, the renowned, site-specific light work untitled by Dan Flavin will be reinstalled in the stairwells of the building. Created in 1996, the work is on loan from Dia Art Foundation and will be on view for the duration of X.

During each exhibition phase, an artist will commission a site-specific work for the fa├žade of the building to redefine its transition into a new kind of art center.

X has been spearheaded by Elizabeth Dee of Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York in collaboration with an advisory board composed of international art colleagues. The organization has appointed Cecilia Alemani, independent New York and Milan based curator, as Curatorial Director, working with Jenny Moore, Project Curator.

http://www.x-initiative.org

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Address: 548 W 22nd St., New York, NY 10011

Between 10th Ave. and 11th Ave. Subway: C/E to 23rd Street

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