Shalopsky et al Manhattan Real Estate Holdings, A Real time Social System, As of May 1, 1971

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Date: 1971

Region: North America

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Installation


Image obtained from the Whitney Museum site

Artist: Hans Haacke

Confronting Bodies: Guggenheim Museum

Dates of Action: 1971

Location: New York City

Description of Artwork: Shalopsky et al Manhattan Real Estate Holdings, A Real time Social System, As of May 1, 1971.consists of 146 photographic views of New York apartment buildings, six pictures of transactions, an explanatory wall panel, and maps of Harlem and the Lower East Side. Each photograph is accompanied by a typed text that describes the location and the financial transactions involving the building in the picture. Haacke discloses the transactions of a real-estate firm between 1951 and 1971. Harry Shapolsky, the key figure, who is well protected by influential friends, is guilty of an assortment of fraudulent practices of which the judicial system has been exceedingly forgiving.

The Incident: Haacke's exhibition is canceled at the Guggenheim Museum because his show deals with "specific social situations" not considered art.

Results of Incident: Exhibition remained canceled.

Source: National Association of Artists Organizations