Alanna Heiss

The ‘In Between Gang’

18 April 2013, 6 – 7.30pm
Johnson Foundation Auditorium
LJMU Art and Design Academy


Legendary curator and director Alanna Heiss will discuss her curatorial beginnings in London with St Katherine’s Dock and the development of the alternative exhibition space movement in New York in the 1970s, which she pioneered at the Clocktower Gallery and P.S.1.

Alanna Heiss, Director of and the Clocktower Gallery, is a leader of the early 1970’s alternative spaces movement in New York City, beginning with Under the Brooklyn Bridge, a 1971 outdoor exhibition she organized with Gordon Matta-Clark. She founded the Clocktower Gallery in 1972, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in 1976, and was its Director until 2008. Heiss has organized over 700 exhibitions at P.S.1 and in art spaces around the world. Heiss was Commissioner of the 1985 Paris Biennial and of the 1986 American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Among her numerous publications are catalogues of the work of Janet Cardiff, Alex Katz, Dennis Oppenheim, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Katharina Sieverding, and John Wesley.