The editorial categories are research topics that have guided researchers during the recovery phase and continue to be the impetus behind the Documents Project’s digital archive and the Critical Documents book series. Developed by the project’s Editorial Board, each of the teams analyzed this framework and adapted it to their local contexts in developing their research objectives and work plans during the Recovery Phase. Learn more on the Editorial Framework page.
Founded by German artist Stefan Eins and African-American artist Joe Lewis in 1978, Fashion Moda represented a new paradigm for community-based artist spaces. Rather than represent communities as unified or closed entities, Fashion Moda was in the forefront of promoting ethnic and social diversity of New York barrios in the South Bronx. Fashion Moda’s inclusion of sub-cultural art forms, such as graffiti, and its multiethnic membership represented a growing trend in the late 1970s and ‘80s that questioned and/or opposed ethnic specific art collectives like Taller Boricua, which was founded in 1969 to serve Puerto Rican artists. The 1981 Events show at the New Museum was a landmark exhibition that is largely remembered for Fashion Moda’s wide-ranging display of Conceptual, Neoexpressionist, and graffiti artists that became major figures in the 1980s such as: Charlie Ahearn, John Ahearn, Robert Colescott, Crash, John Fekner, Futura 2000, Jane Dickson, Keith Haring, Lady Pink, Lee, Joe Lewis, and Rigoberto Torres.