17. Juli 2008





(July 14, 2008 New York, NY)


Showroom in partnership with Why + Wherefore is pleased to announce PDF, a one-night-only show co-curated by Summer Guthery, Lumi Tan, and Nicholas Weist that will be held simultaneously in 14 cities internationally and each of the 5 boroughs of New York City on July 19 from 6 to 8pm. The show includes commissioned works from Fia Backström, Bozidar Brazda, Brian Clifton, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Rachel Mason, Sean Raspet, and Jordan Wolfson, and a contribution from Dexter Sinister.

For the PDF show, the curators asked each of the artists to respond to their medium, PDFs—specifically how digital work can be infinitely and exactly reproduced. Each was also invited to interrogate the idea of worldwide, collective action—connected to the simultaneous, international openings. Select artworks are currently available for download at www.whyandwherefore.com/pdf , and the complete show will be available on July 19.


PDF will also open at the following commercial, alternative, and artists-run galleries and institutions on July 19:

Showroom 11: PDF in Lauenburg, Germany, for directions: contact@showroom.st


45 min by train from Hamburg

Please contact for opening details; for a complete listing of venues please visit whyandwherefore.com/pdf


Atkinson Space, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
Bastard, Oslo, Norway
Brown Gallery, London, UK
La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Circus of Books, Los Angeles, California, USA
Golden Age, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Osaka, Japan
Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden
Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon, USA
Showroom, Hamburg, Germany; Leipzig, Germany; Zurich, Switzerland
Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York City, USA
Vox Populi, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Y Gallery, Queens, New York City, USA

Why + Wherefore is an online curatorial project co-founded and -directed Summer Guthery, Lumi Tan, and Nicholas Weist. Since December 2007 they have presented work by over 100 artists, in experimental group shows that explore the structure of curatorial practice and the expanded field of internet-based curation. Why + Wherefore is seen by thousands each month, visiting from across North and South America as well as Africa, Asia, and Europe.