Anne Turyn: Top Stories

Anne Turyn: Top Stories


Photograph taken by Laurie Neaman, after a reading held on May 13, 1983 at Artists Space, NYC. 

March 31, 2021
Anne Turyn
Top Stories
April 2–June 26, 2021
Opening: April 2, 5–7pm, by appointment
Publication launch: June 25, 5–7pm, Tense by Lucy Lippard and Jerry Kearns
Pieter Baststraat 35H
1071 TV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Hours: Wednesday–Saturday 1–6pm

Read this list of titles and tell us you’re not curious…

Too Good To Be Entirely True
Words In Reverse
3 Stories
Agent Pink
Foot Facts
This is My Mother. This is my Father.
Eating Friends
New York City in 1979
Living with Contradictions
Shattered Romance
Real Family Stories
95 Essential Facts
I.T.I. L.O.E
Analects of Self-Contempt/Sweet Cheat of Freedom
The Human Heart
Forget About Your Father
How To Get Rid Of Pimples
Red Moon/Red Lake
The Colorist
Tourist Attractions
Extremes Of High and Low Regard
War Comics
Pecunia Olet

Well now. 
At long last!
Kunstverein is thrilled to welcome you to Top Stories, the first exhibition in The Netherlands to give full attention to the identically titled prose periodical set-up, edited, designed and distributed by Anne Turyn between 1978 and 1991.

Top Stories was started in the late 1970s under the auspices of the venue Hallwalls (Buffalo, New York) where, at the time, Turyn was co-programming performances and readings. It later moved to New York in the early 1980s along with its founder. With these publications Turyn specialised in giving space to the writing of one young female author (and those who identify themselves as such) in her network, forecasting some of the most progressive writers of the ’80s and ’90s such as Kathy Acker, Constance DeJong, Jane Dickson, Pati Hill, Jenny Holzer, Mary Kelly, Cookie Mueller, Linda Neaman, Lynne Tillman and Gail Vachon, and often featured visual contributions by artists such as David Armstrong, Joe Gibbons, Nan Goldin, Peter Hujar, Gary Indiana, Richard Prince and Leslie Thornton. 

Since many of the stories are of an auto-fictional nature, the 29-odd issues function today as a direct gateway into the mood and network of the New York scene at the time. They give us a glimpse into the cradle of the writers’ later careers as well as a direct take on how second-wave feminism and the fight for equal rights and social equality—regardless of sex—impacted their daily life and thoughts. Cumulatively, the issues shine a light on how important it is—still—for independent chapbooks, small presses and spaces to exist. They are a beacon for fostering and developing legroom for voices that are left unheard on the main stage and propel change.

We are proud to share that we have acquired a rare, complete set of the Top Stories series for Kunstverein’s collection, and you are invited to come and browse, smell, read and touch the material for yourself. For the occasion, our Hazenstraat location will be transformed into a reading room, which you can visit by appointment (for now) durring regular opening hours until June 26. 

Parallel to the show we will also be publishing a very limited number of copies of Tense, a never realized publication by Lucy Lippard and Jerry Kearns from 1984. This issue was originally intended to become a Top Stories but never did. It will be launched during Amsterdam Art Weekend, on June 25, a day before the end of the show.

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March 31, 2021

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