SOUTHFIRST 60 North 6th Street  Brooklyn, NY  11211



Conceptual Works & Early Fabric Sculptures, 1969-1973

October 21 Š December 11, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, October 21, 6 - 8 PM


SOUTHFIRST is proud to present "Rosemary Mayer: Conceptual Works & Early Fabric Sculptures, 1969-1973," an exhibition which traces the development of ROSEMARY MAYERÕs work from text projects on paper to hand-dyed fabric sculptures. The exhibition also reproduces for the first time five process-based text pieces created by Mayer in 1969. Throughout the show a program of talks and performances by artists and art historians including Donna Dennis, Amanda Friedman, Mary Manning, and Gillian Sneed explore aspects of MayerÕs practice and her context. The show is on view from October 21 Š December 11. The exhibition is curated by Maika Pollack with Marie Warsh and Max WarshŃthe niece and nephew of the artistŃand presented in collaboration with the estate of Rosemary Mayer.


Beginning in 1969 MayerÕs work featured repetition, serial composition, and the exploration of transitions between language and image. Through the context of consciousness-raising groups of the early Ō70s and an interest in womenÕs history she gradually rejects the flatness of the page and canvas in favor of the affective possibilities of sculptural volume, color and the texture of fabric. Mayer uses colorful cloth and a vocabulary of dressmaking stitches and techniques to create voluminous, explicitly feminist works including The Catherines, 1972-73. Many of the works in the show were made in 1972, the year Mayer became a founding member of A.I.R., the feminist art cooperative, and were last displayed in the context of that institution during the 1970s.


Rosemary Mayer (1943-2014) was born and raised in Ridgewood, Queens. She earned a BA in classics from the University of Iowa. Upon her return to New York she took courses at SVA and the Brooklyn Museum Art School, worked on the production of 0-9 (1967-1969), the poetry magazine founded by MayerÕs then-husband Vito Acconci and her sister Bernadette, and wrote exhibition reviews for Arts Magazine from 1972 - 1974. She was a founding member of A.I.R. gallery in 1972 and her sculpture appeared at A.I.R. (1973), the Clocktower Gallery (1974), 112 Greene Street (1975), PS1 (1977), the Renaissance Society, Chicago (1981), ŅThe Times Square ShowÓ (1981), and Sculpture Center, NY (1986), among other venues. Her work has recently appeared at Bridget Donahue (2016) and Murray Guy (2016). A publication edited by Marie Warsh and produced by SOUTHFIRST featuring excerpts from MayerÕs diary will be released in December.


SOUTHFIRST, founded in 2000, is located at 60 North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn between Wythe and Kent Avenues. Gallery hours are Sat. and Sun. from noon - 6 PM and by appointment. Subway: L train to Bedford Avenue. For more information, please contact the gallery at 718 599 4884 or