Paula Cooper Gallery "534 W 21st St."

Gallery in The Chelsea 21st area

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The Paula Cooper Gallery opened in 1968, the first art gallery to open in New York’s SoHo district, with an exhibition to benefit the Student Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam. The show included works by Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Robert Mangold and Robert Ryman, among others, as well as Sol LeWitt’s first wall drawing. For almost forty years, the gallery’s artistic agenda has remained focused on, though not limited to, conceptual and minimal art.

In 1996, the gallery moved to Chelsea to occupy an award-winning 19th century building redesigned by Richard Gluckman, of Gluckman Mayner Architects. In 1999, Paula Cooper opened a second exhibition space, also on 21st Street.

Beyond its immediate artistic program, the gallery has regularly hosted concerts, music symposia, dance performances, book receptions, poetry readings, as well as art exhibitions and special events to benefit various national and community organizations. For 25 years until 2000, the gallery presented a much celebrated series of New Year’s Eve readings of Gertrude Stein’s “The Making of Americans” and James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake.”

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Permanent Artists/Collection

Carl Andre, Hans Haacke, Andres Serrano, Jo Baer, Michael Hurson, Rudolf Stingel, Jennifer Bartlett, Donald Judd, Atsuko Tanaka, Jonathan Borofsky, Yayoi Kusama, John Tremblay, Celeste Boursier-Mougenot, Julian Lethbridge, Kelley Walker, Sophie Calle, Sherrie Levine, Dan Walsh, Mark Di Suvero, Sol LeWitt, Meg Webster, Sam Durant, Christian Marclay, Robert Wilson, Dan Flavin, Claes Oldenburg, Jackie Winsor, Wayne Gonzales, Coosje van Bruggen, Bing Wright, Robert Grosvenor, Jan Schoonhoven, Walid Raad, Carey Young

Opening hours

From 10:00 to 18:00
Closed on Mondays, Sundays




Address: 534 W 21st St, New York, NY, 10011
Phone: 212-255-1105 Fax: 212-255-5156

Between 10th and 11th Ave. Subway: C/E to 23rd Street, A/C/E to 14th Street or L to 8th Avenue

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