Founded in 1981, New York City's Art in General assists in the production and presentation of works by new artists. The gallery derives its name from its location in the General Hardware building, which is situated at the intersection of the Chinatown, SoHo and Tribeca neighborhoods.
From its sixth floor gallery and storefront studio, Art in General fulfills the goals of its founders, artists Martin Weinstein and Teresa Liszka. The gallery organizes and presents exhibitions, hosts residency programs, commissions new works and regularly schedules public events. These include artist talks, video screenings and panel discussions. One special exhibition is the “Audio in the Elevator” program. This feature takes advantage of the slow 38-second ride to the top floor gallery. Passengers in the elevator see a display of one or more art and video projects annually. In certain instances, it’s possible for the public to experience commissioned works in progress. Art in General exhibitions have included works by renowned artists, such as Marina Abramovic, Gabriel Orozco and Glenn Ligon. The organization is an outlet for unconventional artists and the free flow of ideas.
As a leading non-profit arts organization, Art in General adapts its focus to the changing needs of contemporary artists. The gallery also strives to inform and engage the New York City public.