Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th St, New York, NY
March 3-6, 2022
As part of the celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Outsider Art Fair will present Field Trip: Psychedelic Solution, 1986-1995, curated by Fred Tomaselli, a special exhibition for its Curated Spaces during the 2022 edition. The exhibition will include a work by USCO, the communal art collective of Gerd Stern, Steve Durkee, and Michael Callahan. In the 1960s, USCO developed an interdisciplinary approach to creating art that included poetry, painting, sculpture, and intermedia and environmental art projects. They deployed a range of multimedia such as lights, static and moving images and sound to create installations and performances at museums, galleries, cinemas, universities and the first multimedia discotheque, the World.
USCOUniversal Spheres Blue and Silver, 1963, Oil and screenprint on canvas, galvanized aluminum, 72 x 90.5 inches, 183 x 230 cm 

The members of USCO, an abbreviation for US Company, lived and worked together in a previously abandoned church in Garnerville, NY. This settlement later served as a venue for their environment, The Tabernacle. One of the most recognized and successful proponents of new media, USCO utilized advanced communication technologies and combined them with a philosophy derived from Eastern mysticism to create works that bombarded the senses and expanded consciousness. The Kabbalah and theorists and spiritualists such as Marshall McLuhan, Buckminster Fuller and Meher Baba guided their practice as they explored and embraced the potential of technology to transform society into a utopian reality. 

USCO participated in Jonas Mekas’ expanded cinema festival at the Film-Makers' Cinémathèque in 1965, held a solo exhibition at the Riverside Art Museum in California in 1966 and were included in the important art and 
technology group exhibition, Lights in Orbit, at the Howard Wise Gallery in New York in 1967.  USCO’s work has been shown in museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and the Solomon R Guggenheim (all in New York), Tate Liverpool, Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, Holland) and the Museum Moderner Kunst (Vienna). An USCO strobe environment is in the collection of Seville’s Museo de Arte Contemporaneo. Stanford Library’s Special Collections & University Archives acquired USCO and Gerd Stern’s archives.

Most recent exhibitions include Discoteca Analitica (2019), Fri Art Kunsthalle, Fribourg, Switzerland, USCO, The Company of US (2017), Boston CyberArts, Boston, Massachusetts, Distant Horizons (2017), Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio and Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia (traveling exhibition, 2015), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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