Rivington School

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Rivington School was a movement that emerged from the East Village art scene in the 1980s in New York City. Most of the artists of the Rivington School were either involved in welding, forging, performance or street painting.[1][dubious ] The group started in 1983 and named themselves after an abandoned public school house building located on Rivington Street.[1] The school was located across from a club No Se No where many artists would meet and performances were held. The group is most noted for "massive junk sculpture installations on the Lower East Side," [2][dubious ] and other forms of metal public sculpture.

Sculpture Gardens[edit]

Many public and guerilla sculpture spaces emerged from the Rivington School, most notably the Rivington Sculpture Garden, originally constructed on Rivington Street near Forsyth Street. It was started by early founder "Cowboy" Ray Kelly. Due to the unpermitted nature of the work, the Rivington Sculpture Garden was regularly knocked down by the city. Eventually it found a home at 6th Street, between Avenue B and Avenue C;[3][dubious ] and the Corragio Studio, more commonly known as "2B" or "The Garage", started by another early founder of the movement, Linus Coraggio.[2] The name "2B" refers to its location at 2nd Street and Avenue B in the East Village of New York City, on which a condominium building now stands. The construction and destruction of the Rivington Sculpture Garden was documented by Monty Cantsin aka Istvan Kantor on super8film "ANTI CREDO".

Early artists[edit]

Among the early artists of the Rivington School were Toyo Tsuchiya, Monty Cantsin aka Istvan Kantor, Shalom Neuman, Paolo Buggiani, Jacek Tylicki and Ena Paul Kostabi.[3][dead link][citation needed]

See also[edit]


  • C. Carr, On edge: performance at the end of the twentieth century. ISBN 9780819568885, Wesleyan University Press, 2008
  • “Local History: The Battle for Bohemia in the East Village” (with James Cornwell), chapter in Julie Ault, ed., Alternative Art New York, 1965-1985 (University of Minnesota Press, 2002)
  • Holland Cotter, “Art in Review: Toyo Tsuchiya, 'Six O'Clock Observed',” New York Times, June 18, 1999.[4]
  • New Art Examiner, Volume 17, Chicago, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. New Art Associations, 1989
  • Richard Armijo, “Rivington Street Style,” East Informer, no. 2, 1987.[5]


  1. ^ a b "comparative studies | Main / Rivington School Talks browse". Societyofcontrol.com. 2005-05-31. Retrieved 2016-11-23.
  2. ^ a b "Linus Coraggio". Archived from the original on 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
  3. ^ a b "Rivington School Website: About Us". Rivingtonschool.com. Retrieved 2016-11-23.
  4. ^ Holland Cotter (1999-06-18). "ART IN REVIEW; Toyo Tsuchiya - 'Six O'Clock Observed'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-11-23.
  5. ^ "History". ABC No Rio. Retrieved 2016-11-23.

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