Shaoul + Howe: A Situation
Organized by William Powhida
Jan 21 - March 6, 2022

Gallery hours: Thurs-Sun, 1-6pm


For everyone's safety, visitors (age 5+) must show proof of vaccination upon arrival. KN95, or N95, or KF94 masks are required for all visitors. We will provide one if needed.

From January to March of 2022, 601Artspace will undergo a subtle yet radical conceptual transformation, organized by artist William Powhida. The longtime non-commercial space, founded by art collector David Howe, will re-open as commercial gallery Shaoul+Howe, to present Support and Defend, an exhibition of Howe’s work as an artist. Simultaneously, a documentary will be filmed in the space during gallery hours.

As the invited guest curator of Shaoul+Howe: A Situation, Powhida creates an experimental space with new roles for the artist, gallery staff, and invited guests, and a heightened platform on which to perform their labor during the run of the exhibition. Howe’s conceptually-driven work, exploring concepts of power, authority, and autonomy under the extreme conditions found in North Korea, Communist-era Albania, and Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook, provides the backdrop for exploring the risks and rewards of presenting this commercial exhibition to the public, and for the scrutiny of a film crew.
As an artist, Powhida is known for institutional critique, and in his hands the extreme discomfort around Howe’s taboo transition from a patron to an artist becomes a means to explore concepts of power, truth, and authority in both the famously opaque art world and society at large. Through the public process of Shaoul+Howe: A Situation, viewers are invited to visit the gallery with less certainty about who or what is real, performed, or possibly coerced during gallery hours. Who’s to tell the difference in a situation where everything depends on perceptions of success?

88 Eldridge St. New York, NY 10002
Tel: 212-243-2735
Open Thurs-Sun 1-6pm 
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