BOO-HOORAY exhibits both at home in New York City as well as internationally. We also stage collaborative exhibitions with the Hayward Gallery and Rough Trade in London, Tsutaya Daikanyama, Hysteric Glamour, and United Arrows in Tokyo, Galleri Operatingplace in Stockholm, Colette in Paris, PopMontreal in Montreal, Mishka Los Angeles, Printed Matter at both MOCA/LA and PS1/NYC, and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, the New York Public Library, the Grolier Club, and Milk Gallery in New York.
Boo-Hooray exhibitions have included shows featuring Larry Clark, The Velvet Underground, Ray Johnson, Afrika Bambaataa, Jonas Mekas, Ed Sanders, Linder Sterling and Jon Savage, Spencer Sweeney, Houston Rap, private press vinyl, Wallace Berman, anarcho-punk group Crass, Jason Polan, Jack Smith, cult-filmmaker Ed Wood, and Situationist Times editor Jacqueline de Jong.
The exhibitions are drawn from cultural archives that Boo-Hooray excavates, organizes, and places in institutions such as Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Cornell University’s Division of Rare Manuscript Collections, Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library.
The phenomenon of flying saucer sightings and alleged contact with life from
beyond our own planet wasn’t an entirely new idea in the mid-20 th century, but it’s
fair to say that it was informed by the experiences of a generation who had just
come out of World War II and were entering a very long Cold War. This new
Atomic Age brought a lot of innovation to the American experience but also
paranoia of developing technologies and a distrust of foreign ideologies.
Independent publishers, hucksters, conspiracy theorists, religious zealots, and
“contactees” who claimed to have experienced direct contact with alien life forms
all contributed to the UFO culture that ensued.
The Jack Womack Flying Saucer Library is a comprehensive overview of the books and key players that informed this underground industry. From self- published zines to paperbacks that boasted, “Millions sold!” the impact on popular culture is undeniable.
PRINTED MATTER, NY
Materials that span from the early 1970’s covering the glam rock and punk scenes of New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, as well as the garage rock and power pop revivals, American hardcore, English peace-punk, and industrial music scenes to form an overview of underground music culture of the last forty years.
THE LINE BETWEEN: BEN MOREA PAINTINGS OF THE EARLY 90'S
33 ORCHARD STREET, NEW YORK, NY BETWEEN CANAL AND HESTER
Boo Hooray and Envoy Enterprises are proud to present The Line Between, an exhibition of seldom seen paintings from the 1990's by painter, publisher and direct action political figure Ben Morea.
MILK GALLERY, NYC
“Soul-Lit Shadows” is a landmark exhibition featuring the most iconic photographs of the period alongside never before seen images of our nation’s leaders and forgotten everymen who fought for the future of the United States.
THE LIVING COLLAGE
GAVIN BROWN'S ENTERPRISE, NYC
Boo-Hooray and Gavin Brown’s enterprise are pleased to present an exhibition of posters, photographs and ephemera from the Living Theatre archive, staged as a living collage by Spencer Sweeney, Lizzi Bougatsos, and Johan Kugelberg.
LITTLE ANNIE: NYC & MIAMI BEACH
GAVIN BROWN'S ENTERPRISE, NYC
Boo-Hooray and Gavin Brown’s enterprise are pleased to present a four-day exhibition of recent paintings by Little Annie aka Annie Anxiety, celebrating her recent book for Exitstencil Press.
BOO-HOORAY, LOS ANGELES
Religious Observance, a group photography show featuring: Jerry Hsu, Ray Potes, Andrea Sonnenberg, C.R. Stecyk III & Tobin Yelland - a collection of artists that are all connected through their fanatical love of photography.
THE TEMPLETONS - BOOKS AND ZINES
MOCA, LOS ANGELES
We’ve gathered together 20+ years of Ed and Deanna Templeton's rare and obscure publications, some seen for the first time anywhere. Alongside making books, they have published numerous zines, these flowing micro-narratives are intense snapshots into the everyday of two working artists.
CUT-UPS: WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS 1914 – 2014
The Cut-Ups began in October of 1959, when Brion Gysin sliced through a pile of newspapers with his Stanley knife, his intention had been to "cut mounts for his water colours" and the newspapers were there simply to protect his desktop. However, while observing the patterns created by the different layers of cut paper he decided to reshuffle them to compose a new narrative.
LENNY KAYE'S SCIENCE FICTION FANZINES
Ranging from 1941 to 1970, these fanzines represent ground zero for the zine explosion that was to come years later in rock, punk, skate, fashion, and art.
NEW WIVES TALES - DRAWINGS BY STEF MITCHELL
"I was working for a photographer as his assistant and almost all the jobs we did were at Milk. I guess I was a pretty bad photo assistant as I was fired in December because of the drawings." – Stef Mitchell
BOWLING EBAY DEATH
Death is obviously ultimately beautiful as life is beautiful, but the ugly aspects of the biz of death and dying is taken care of by professionals who need to go bowling once in a while.
UNSEEN 50 YEARS PAINTINGS BY BEN MOREA, 1964-65
Before Black Mask and UAW/MF, Ben Morea made incredible abstract paintings. Lost for 50 years, they were found under a bed in a loft, and were exhibited for the first time at Boo-Hooray.
AFRIKA BAMBAATAA, BUDDY ESQUIRE, CHARLIE AHEARN'S WILD STYLE AND JOE CONZO
GAVIN BROWN'S ENTERPRISE, NYC
Exhibited by Boo-Hooray at Gavin Brown's enterprise, the materials in this exhibition highlight the narratives and archives of Afrika Bambaataa, the late master of hip hop design Buddy Esquire, Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn, and photographer Joe Conzo.
THE BARDO MATRIX
THE GROLIER CLUB, NYC
The Bardo Matrix was a 1970s poetry press run out of Kathmandu by Ira Cohen and Angus MacLise. The publications were made of vegetable paper, with hand-sewn binding, and woodblock printed by local Nepalis.
PIERO HELICZER & THE DEAD LANGUAGE PRESS
The Dead Language Press was founded by Piero Heliczer in the late 1950s. The editions were usually published in a shady fly-by-night manner that consistently realized paper objects of breathtaking beauty.
CARL JOHAN DE GEER
MOCA, LOS ANGELES
At the 2014 Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair at MOCA, Boo-Hooray hosted an exhibit, curated by Johan Kugelberg and Ed Templeton, devoted to Swedish 60s underground artist and photographer Carl Johan De Geer.
OPPOSITION: BLACK MASK, BEN MOREA, AND U.A.W.M.F
Largely unknown by choice, Ben Morea is the force behind the 1960s art/anarchist collectives U.A.W.M.F. and the International Werewolf Conspiracy, and the legendary anarchist zine/broadside Black Mask.
IN ALL OUR DECADENCE PEOPLE DIE: CRASS‑ERA FANZINES 1976‑1984
MISHKA GALLERY, LOS ANGELES
These ultra-potent examples of grassroots activist thoughts and emotions are demonstrations of micro-historical everyday life, narratives of anti-autocratic discourse.
WALLACE BERMAN’S SEMINA 1955‑1964
Semina bridges appropriation, fine printing, punk-style DIY and collage/montage, this already in the late 1950s! Michael McClure called it “a scrapbook of the spirit.”
THE SINKING BEAR & RAY JOHNSON’S A BOOK ABOUT DEATH
MOMA PS1, NYC
At the 2013 New York Art Book Fair at MoMA/PS1 there was a dual exhibit in the Ray Johnson Room, devoted to The Sinking Bear and Ray Johnson’s A Book About Death, displayed alongside related ephemera and zines.
LARRY CLARK STUFF
UNITED ARROWS, TOKYO TSUTAYA, DAIKANYAMA, TOKYO
Larry Clark’s personal collection of skateboard decks, skater t-shirts and related posters, stickers, polaroids and stuff was on exhibit in Tokyo, at United Arrows and at a special pop-up booth in Tsutaya for September 2013.
PAUL WILLIAMS: A SCIENCE-FICTION AND ROCK & ROLL TRUFAN
This one-day exhibition/celebration honoring our favorite American cultural catalyst-person showed a comprehensive gathering of Paul’s books and publications.
THE AFRIKA BAMBAATAA MASTER OF RECORDS OPEN ARCHIVE
GAVIN BROWN’S ENTERPRISE, NYC
Through Summer 2013, Boo-Hooray organized, catalogued, and documented Afrika Bambaataa’s peerless vinyl record collection at Gavin Brown’s enterprise.
ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE
MILK GALLERY, NYC
Boo-Hooray, Milk Gallery, and Sinecure Books presented an exhibit of vinyl drawn from Enjoy The Experience, the book that Larry Clark calls “The Greatest Coffee Table Book Ever Made.”
THE BROTHER IN ELYSIUM
Jon Beacham is one of the hardy few that are reinvigorating fine printing in 21st century America. The Brother in Elysium regularly publishes meticulous and beautiful publications that seamlessly join poetics with the aesthetic of early American architecture and landscape.
ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE
ROUGH TRADE EAST, LONDON
The records showcased in the Enjoy The Experience book and exhibit are funkier, more psychedelic, more idiosyncratic and more emotionally rewarding than the mainstream music products of the same era.
HOORAY FOR GAY:
PRE-STONEWALL IMAGES FROM THE HARRY H. WEINTRAUB COLLECTION BOO-HOORAY, NYC
The Harry Weintraub Archive is a unique, world-class resource that deepens both our knowledge and our understanding of 20th century gay male culture. Spanning half a century but focusing on the 1940s through the 1970s, this collection reveals a world that was still almost entirely subterranean: illegal, persecuted, despised.
WAIT FOR ME AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POOL JACK SMITH BOO-HOORAY, NYC
Jack Smith was a master of the exotic idiom, working in theatre, underground film, photography, graphic design, drawing, and slideshows. He was one of the path-finding pioneers of American post-war underground aesthetics.
LARRY CLARK STUFF MILK GALLERY, NYC
Curated by Johan Kugelberg, the show featured Larry’s collection of skateboard decks and t-shirts spanning the late 1980′s up until today showcasing the guerrilla graphic design of companies like Fuct and Supreme, alongside outfits and boards used in Larry’s movies Wassup Rockers and Marfa Girl.
LARRY CLARK STUFF GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY MOCA, LA
Boo-Hooray presented the exhibition Larry Clark Stuff at MOCA during the LA Art Book Fair. Curated by Johan Kugelberg and Larry Clark, the show consisted of Larry Clark’s collection of skateboard decks and t-shirts from the early 1990′s era of the skateboarding sub-culture, showcasing the guerrilla graphic design of companies like Fuct and Supreme, alongside outfits and boards used in Larry’s movie Wassup Rockers.
BARBARA RUBIN BOO-HOORAY, NYC ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES, NYC
Christmas On Earth is a film of sexual tableaux vivants, gay and straight, where two separate reels of film are superimposed on each other, with additional light effects layered on these images, all accompanied by a contemporary rock radio soundtrack.
A SLOW WALK JASON POLAN BOO-HOORAY/6 DECADES, NYC
To create A Slow Walk, Jason Polan spent ten days walking the length of Canal Street from the Hudson River to the East River, and drew things that caught his eye along the way. Each day that Polan spent walking Canal Street is represented by a single letterpress page in the portfolio.
“SOMEDAY ALL THE ADULTS WILL DIE!”: PUNK GRAPHICS 1971‑1984 HAYWARD GALLERY, LONDON
On view were several hundred pieces of previously unseen material from private archives and collections: homemade cassettes, fanzines, posters, handbills, records and clothing. Highlights included work by Gee Vaucher, Jamie Reid, Gary Panter, Raymond Pettibon, John Holmstrom and Penny Rimbaud, alongside numerous anonymous artists.
JACQUELINE DE JONG: THE SITUATIONIST TIMES 1962‑1967 BOO-HOORAY, NYC
“Jacqueline de Jong: The Situationist Times 1962-1967” was an exhibition of original art, publications, photography, ephemera and manuscripts related to de Jong’s vanguard publication The Situationist Times, celebrating the 50th anniversary of its first issue.
ED SANDERS: FUCK YOU / A MAGAZINE OF THE ARTS 1962‑1965 BOO-HOORAY, NYC
The run of Fuck You Press publications that blazed through New York City’s underground scene between 1962 and 1965 still resonates with an almost supernatural vibrancy, urgency and what the Greeks coined as enthusiasmos.
ARTISTS’ BOOK NOT ARTISTS’ BOOK BOO-HOORAY/6 DECADES, NYC
This exhibition featured art as artists’ book by artists like Chris Burden, Ira Cohen, Richard Meltzer, John Baldessari, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Richard Hell, Tina Lhotsky, Tom Sachs, Richard Prince, William Gibson, David Wojnarowicz, Jim Shaw, and Ed Ruscha.
ED WOOD’S SLEAZE PAPERBACKS BOO-HOORAY, NYC
The antiquarian mystique surrounding Edward Davis Wood Jr.’s career as an author of pornographic pulp fiction is legend. He wrote under a variety of pseudonyms, books were published and re-published under different titles, and occasionally under different author names.
IN ALL OUR DECADENCE PEOPLE DIE: CRASS-ERA FANZINES 1976‑1984 BOO-HOORAY, NYC
“In All Our Decadence People Die” is an exhibition of fanzines and ephemera collected at Dial House, home to the English anarchist punk band Crass, active from 1976-1984.
DREAMWEAPON: THE ART AND LIFE OF ANGUS MACLISE (1938 – 1979) BOO-HOORAY, NYC ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES, NYC
Best known as the original drummer of the Velvet Underground, MacLise’s lifework included music, calligraphy, performance art, poetry, drawings, plays, and limited edition artist’s books.
YOU’RE AN ASSHOLE FOR BUYING THIS: THE SUCKADELIC ART TOY UNIVERSE BOO-HOORAY, NYC
In 2011, Boo-Hooray reluctantly announced the first Suckadelic retrospective gallery exhibition, “You’re An Asshole For Buying This.” One of the most respected, despised and influential figures in the art toy movement for the past decade, the Sucklord has been producing handmade bootleg action figures in very limited runs, each selling out immediately.
LINDER STERLING & JON SAVAGE: THE SECRET PUBLIC PUNK MONTAGES, PHOTOGRAPHY AND COLLAGES 1976‑1981 BOO-HOORAY, NYC
The Secret Public, an art fanzine, is one of the primary aesthetic lynchpins in the Manchester punk style. Jon Savage and Linder Sterling published The Secret Public in Manchester during the first month of 1978. It was the second New Hormones product, after the Buzzcocks’ already iconic “Spiral Scratch,” and was distributed through Rough Trade and other independent outlets.
CARL JOHAN DE GEER: THE SWEDISH UNDERGROUND ’64‑’76
Carl Johan De Geer, as a masterful Leica M4 snapshot giant à la Van Der Elsken or Moriyama, had the sacred ability to capture the monotone grit of everyday life and demand its reflection. Throughout his life, De Geer developed a polyglot canon that exhibited a multitude of disciplines, all of which he seemed master.