I curated a group exhibition of Thisisnotashop artists for the first No Soul For Sale: A Festival of Independents held at X-Initiative in Chelsea, NYC in June 2009. The Thisisnotashop exhibition was a stand-out from the 30+ spaces exhibiting earning a special mention in the NY Times review which featured our artist, Catherine Barragry, performing as their cover photo for the article.
Thisisnotashop is pleased to announce we will be exhibiting in New York City as part of NO SOUL FOR SALE: A Festival of Independents held by X Initiative at the former DIA space in Chelsea opening June 23rd and continuing until June 28th, 2009. X has invited more than 30 not for profit art spaces from around the world to present their programs and artists. Thisisnotashop is proud to represent Dublin alongside arts organizations from such diverse places as Hong Kong, Barcelona, Trinidad, Berlin, Reykjavik, Milan, Paris, Los Angeles and more.
Thisisnotashop will exhibit a group show featuring artists involved with our gallery including Clive Murphy, Wendy Judge, Kathryn Maguire, Robert Carr, Jessica Foley, Esperanza Collado, Gillian Lawlor, Paula Barrett, Catherine Barragry, and The Writing Workshop at Thisisnotashop. This group exhibition will include work that reflects past exhibitions- such as Clive Murphy’s Porn Spam T-Shirts (2007)- as well as debut new projects by artists we support- such as Kathryn Maguire’s Footage a video/sound installation that investigates the recent history of Benburb Street where Thisisnotashop is located. It seeks to express the diversity and quality of our own program as well as give an international audience a taste for the independent Dublin arts scene. This exhibition is organized and curated by Jessamyn Fiore, assisted by Michael Kynaston.
On Wednesday June 24th from 7-9pm Thisisnotashop presents Thisisnotashop Live, a series of live events on the building’s ground floor including a new piece by Catherine Barragry and featuring NYC based Wreckio Ensemble performing excerpts from their show The Ladies Aide Society Invites You To A Poverty Party To Benefit The Foundation For Ethical Art And Culture which they created specifically for Thisisnotashop Gallery and performed July 2008.