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Renée Riccardo began her career as an independent curator, organizing shows of contemporary art in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles from 1985 to 1990. During that time she was an Adjunct Curator for Photography at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1) in Long Island City, NY. In 1991 Riccardo founded ARENA, a contemporary gallery for emerging artists, at 128 Wooster Street in Soho. Two years later ARENA moved to a brownstone apartment on Clinton Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, where it functioned as a salon-style gallery space for six years. There, ARENA presented the first solo shows of Ann Agee, Joanne Greenbaum, Rachel Harrison and Jason Middlebrook among many others.
In 2002 ARENA relocated to Manhattan to the renowned Chelsea Arts Building at 526 West 26 Street where she presented the work of now renowned artists Marilyn Minter and Wangechi Mutu among many others. In late 2004 Riccardo established ARENA Projects as a nomadic gallery, continuing to promote the work of emerging artists by organizing independent exhibitions for galleries and institutions nationally. Currently Riccardo curates exhibitions entitled, Wrap Around at ARENA@Suite 806, the current incarnation of ARENA in her therapist’s office on Fifth Ave., NYC.
Acceptable Entertainment presents a selection of photographs by twenty-six contemporary artists who are involved with both the imagery and institution of television. Ranging from the poetic to the political, their photographs repackage the fragments of broadcast images brought daily into our living rooms.read more »