In 2009 the Esopus Foundation, publisher of the semi-annual arts magazine Esopus, moved into a 500-square-foot space to host both exhibitions and events.
Exhibitions in Esopus Space will feature work from Esopus contributors as well as from emerging and established figures in the contemporary art world in New York City and beyond. The schedule includes one-person exhibitions and group shows (including those conceived by guest curators). The gallery area, which seats approximately 50 people, also hosts readings, small-scale musical and theatrical performances, panel discussions and lectures and film and video screenings.
Prior to having its own facilities, the foundation occasionally programmed events at arts venues in New York City such as P.S.1/MoMA and The Kitchen. These programs, called “Evenings with Esopus,” generally coincided with the release of an issue, and reflecting the multidisciplinary approach of the magazine, incorporate poetry readings, musical concerts, film screenings, panel discussions and theatrical performances from magazine contributors.
Since its inception in 2003, Esopus has brought the work of nearly 300 contributors to subscribers in 49 states and 24 countries and bookstores and newsstands on five continents.
Esopus features artists’ projects, critical writing on various creative disciplines, fiction and poetry by emerging authors, visual essays, interviews, and a themed CD containing new music commissioned from both better-known and emerging musicians.
Contributors from a cross-section of creative disciplines range from art world luminaries like Edward Ruscha, to complete unknowns like 13-year-old New York City student Alex Brown. Publication in Esopus often leads to a number of other opportunities for these under-recognized artists.