Group Material's projects radically overhauled curatorial thought, setting art alongsid e artifacts, documentary material and storebought objects, within exhibitions that were oriented around topical social concerns. Projects included Primer (for Raymond Williams), Artists Space, 1982, Subculture, IRT Subway Trains, 1982, Americana, 1985 Whitney Biennial, Inserts, Sunday New York Times, 1987, Democracy, Dia Art Foundation, 1988, and AIDS Timeline, Berkeley University Art Museum, 1989.
Show & Tell is the first monograph on Group Material. In keeping with the methods and principles used by the collaborative, the book charts the group's activities, drawing heavily from Group Material’s archive, including original documents, photographs, drawings, correspondence, artifacts, anecdotal information and texts. It includes essays by three long-term members.
Julie Ault is an artist and writer who often assumes curatorial and editorial roles as forms of artistic practice. Ault is one of the cofounders of the artists collaborative Group Material (1979–1996), which explored the relationships between art, activism, and politics.
Flexicover, 8.5" x 11", 272 pgs., 180 color, 50 b&w, 2010, United Kingdom.