Artists in Residence (A.I.R.) Gallery, the first all-female artists’ cooperative gallery in the country, has had a busy and purpose-filled history. Throughout its half-century existence, the Brooklyn-based not-for-profit organization has held regular program series and hosted dozens of exhibitions, all designed to support risk-taking female artists increase their visibility in the art world. Here’s a closer look at what A.I.R. Gallery is and what it stands for.
About A.I.R. Gallery
By 1972, artists and friends Susan Williams and Barbara Zucker had been looking to form a co-op with a mission of increasing female artist representation for two years. On May 17 of that year, the co-op’s first meeting was held. 20 female artists attended. Goals were laid out. Dues were paid. And A.I.R., the nation’s first all-female cooperative and art gallery was born. The structure of the organization is designed to give the artists in the collective a wealth of autonomy where the nature and influences of their art is concerned. To this end, A.I.R. has been a great success.
A.I.R. Gallery’s exhibition space has moved a handful of times throughout the collective’s history, but it has called DUMBO home for most of the last decade. A.I.R.’s current gallery space is at 155 Plymouth Street, a 20-minute walk from NU Hotel Brooklyn. Currently on display are three shows by artist and members of the cooperative. Jayanthi Moorthy’s Limitless, Jessica Gondek’s Enterprising Machines: Recent Drawings, and Naomi Elena Ramirez’s Dangerous Body are all on display from now until July 30. The work in these exhibitions is made up of portraits, paintings, music, text, cinematic representations, and other artistic mediums.
Opportunities for Involvement
As a visitor to Brooklyn, you can appreciate the art on display in A.I.R. Gallery, and support the cooperative if you choose. If you’re a female artist looking to hone your talents under the guise of a supportive network of like-minded creatives, you might want to look into A.I.R. Gallery’s National Artists Program.