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President and owner Iwan Wirth told ArtInfo that he's not too worried about the current economic climate saying that "we have almost always opened our galleries in difficult economic moments" and pointing out that he opened the London gallery in 2002–03, after the 9/11 tragedy and resulting economic decline.
The opening exhibition will be Yard, which looks at an environment piece first made in 1961 by Allan Kaprow, the American painter and pioneer of performance art known as the inventor of 'Happenings.' More than forty years ago, he filled the backyard of a Manhattan townhouse with rubber auto tires heaped randomly for viewers to climb in and around. That work was Yard and the townhouse,which was then home to the Martha Jackson Gallery and is the new site of Hauser & Wirth New York.
'YARD' at Hauser & Wirth New York will be curated by Helen Molesworth, head of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art and the James R. and Maisie K. Houghton Curator of Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museums, working with the Estate of Allan Kaprow. It will include documentation and "archival elements" (does this mean tires?), and will be accompanied by a program of activities at Hauser & Wirth New York and other locations to be announced. After Yard, Hauser & Wirth New York will present exhibitions featuring Paul McCarthy, Ida Applebroog and Eva Hesse.