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219 Bowery, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10002
212 594 0550
Founded in 2010, Cristin Tierney Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located on The Bowery with a deep commitment to the presentation, development and support of a roster of both established and emerging artists. Its program emphasizes artists engaged with critical theory and art history, with an emphasis on conceptual, video, and performance art. Education and audience engagement is central to our mission.
Artists Represented:
Melanie Baker
Janet Biggs
François Bucher
Victor Burgin
peter campus
Joe Fig
Richard Galpin
MK Guth
Malia Jensen
Alois Kronschlaeger
Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins
T. Kelly Mason
Jorge Tacla
Francisco Ugarte
John Wood and Paul Harrison
Tim Youd


Installation view of Joan Linder and Maureen O'Leary: Slightly Surreal Suburbia. Photograph by Elisabeth Bernstein.
Installation view of Joan Linder and Maureen O'Leary: Slightly Surreal Suburbia. Photograph by Elisabeth Bernstein.
Installation view of Joan Linder and Maureen O'Leary: Slightly Surreal Suburbia. Photograph by Elisabeth Bernstein.
Installation view of Joan Linder and Maureen O'Leary: Slightly Surreal Suburbia. Photograph by Elisabeth Bernstein.
Installation view of Joan Linder and Maureen O'Leary: Slightly Surreal Suburbia. Photograph by Elisabeth Bernstein.
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Current Exhibition

Dread Scott

We're Going to End Slavery. Join Us!

September 17, 2021 - December 18, 2021
"Dread Scott: We're Going To End Slavery. Join Us!" is the artist's first exhibition with Cristin Tierney Gallery, and it features a set of six pigment prints and flags from his 2019 project "Slave Rebellion Reenactment," a community-engaged performance.

Past Exhibitions

Joan Linder and Maureen O'Leary

Slightly Surreal Suburbia

June 18, 2021 - August 6, 2021
Cristin Tierney Gallery is pleased to present Slightly Surreal Suburbia, a two-person exhibition with Joan Linder and Maureen O’Leary. The show features new paintings by O’Leary alongside works on paper and sculptures by Linder. Slightly Surreal Suburbia opens Friday, June 18th, and continues through Friday, August 6th. This will be the first major exhibition for both artists with the gallery. For as long as suburbs have existed, life in their quiet communities has been a subject of intense interest. They are governed by particular rules of conduct and social expectations that set them apart from cities. Relationships among neighbors involve a strange commingling of secrecy and voyeurism. And underneath their ostensibly calm surfaces there is often a wealth of eccentricity and darkness hiding, as explored through many notable films, television shows, works of photography, books and more from the mid-20th century to today. Linder and O’Leary live in Buffalo and Mt. Sinai, respectively, and like so many of us they have experienced life in suburban areas. In the last year, the two artists became deeply enmeshed with their surroundings as the pandemic curbed most travel and they found themselves spending more time at home. Slightly Surreal Suburbia showcases new works by both women devoted to the sights and people in the ‘burbs; together they are a consideration of domestic life outside of the metropolitan sphere. Joan Linder has had a lifelong obsession with the passage of time, which she channels through inordinately detailed ink drawings and sculptures made from paper, foam and duct tape. Many of Linder’s works are life-size, forming near-perfect replicas of actual objects or people she has encountered. In Slightly Surreal Suburbia, Linder presents objects that capture the anxiety we all felt in our homes in 2020. They approximate the items they represent, but close looking reveals small imperfections and touches of the artist’s hand. Isolation Orders is a to-scale drawing of a letter Linder received with the governor’s state-wide order to shelter in place in March 2020. Wet Ones is a slightly-off reproduction of a container of antibacterial hand wipes, created painstakingly with slices of tape to approximate the in-demand good. O’Leary’s paintings capture the oddness of the everyday in her neighborhood on Long Island. She presents fleeting, moody scenes viewed from her home and studio; in The Trash at Night, we see a man dragging a trashcan behind him, set against a backdrop of leafless trees and an ominous glowing moon. The sky is a mottled purple tinged with juicy reds and oranges, lending an eerie feeling to the already uncanny image. The Mail, March shows a tiny hand emerging from a darkened USPS truck to drop a letter in a mailbox. it is the only sign of life in the painting. Joan Linder (b. 1970) is known for her labor-intensive drawings that contain thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of tiny lines. She has exhibited at Albright College, Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Omi International Art Center, Sun Valley Art Center, Weatherspoon Art Museum and more. Her work is held in the collections of The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Davis Museum, Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, Progressive Corporation, West Collection and the Zabludowicz Collection. She studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from Tufts University. Among her many awards and fellowships are residencies at MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Smack Mellon, Ucross Foundation, Art Omi, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, plus a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. Maureen O'Leary's (b. 1965) paintings hover between figuration and abstraction. Her mundane scenes become substrates for experimentation with the application of paint and the evolving notion of what is real. O’Leary’s work has been exhibited at the Fondation des États-Unis, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, Art Lab Tokyo, Midwest Center for Photography, Artspace, Power Plant Gallery at Duke University, Valdosta State University Fine Arts Gallery, Staten Island Museum, Meadows Gallery – University of Texas at Tyler, and more. She is the recipient of the Brooklyn Arts Council – Brooklyn Arts Fund Grant and the Harriet Hale Woolley Fellowship from the Fondation des États-Unis. O’Leary has published two books: Belle Mort (2013, Paper Chase Press) and Look/Listen (2010, Look/Listen Press). Her work is held in the collections of the Fondation des États-Unis and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Photograph by Elisabeth Bernstein

Alois Kronschlaeger

Kind of Blue

May 21, 2021 - June 30, 2021
Cristin Tierney Gallery is pleased to present Kind of Blue, a temporary immersive installation by Alois Kronschlaeger in a former retail space below the gallery on the Lower East Side. Kind of Blue opens the evening of Friday May 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Entry will be limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. The installation is open through Wednesday June 30th at 219 Bowery. This will be the artist's fourth project with the gallery. Viewed from the street, Kronschlaeger's installation rises like a cresting blue swell inside of the space. Beneath the undulating blue forms is a 1500 square-foot gridded structure of 2 x 2-inch wooden planks, covered with almost 500 yards of blue Ultrasuede fabric. Kronschlaeger has carved into the framework, creating a topographical landscape that rises and falls as it slopes away from the entrance. The fabric has been carefully bunched and draped over the planks to create an enormous, continuous, rolling wave of vivid blue. The artwork is designed to be immersive. Pathways in the grid allow visitors to walk around, on top of, and through the work. The interior structure of the piece is gradually divulged as one moves through it; what was soft and pliable on the exterior is revealed to be a highly structured, geometric form underneath. Kind of Blue is named after the classic album by Miles Davis, which was conceived and recorded in New York City. It is a personal favorite of Kronschlaeger's, who often listens to the album while working in his studio. The nature of Kronschlaeger's installation echoes the central tenet of jazz music: rolling themes and variations occurring within a structured program. On the surface, the blue fabric appears loose and flowing, its exact shape organic and haphazard. But underneath it is in fact a very rigid structure--a support which allows the blue fabric to be "improvisational." The installation's location on the Bowery is significant. As the oldest thoroughfare in Manhattan, parts of it were likely used thousands of years ago by animals crossing the island to find fresh water. With its undulating blue surface, Kind of Blue references both this search for water as well as the hills of Manhattan's original geography. Alois Kronschlaeger (b. 1966, Grieskirchen, Austria) creates site-specific installations and abstract sculptures that use geometry to explore environment, light, space, and time. His work has been exhibited at such international institutions and festivals as The Bruce Museum of Arts and Sciences, The Figge Art Museum, Yuan Art Museum, MOCA Tucson, MAC Lima, and Islamic Arts Festival, among others. He has completed multiple public installations and commissions in Mexico City, Grand Rapids, Sarasota, Lima, Tucson, and Miami. Kronschlaeger lives and works in Brooklyn and Mexico City. Photograph by John Muggenborg