Vito Schnabel is pleased to present the uniquely situated and timely new exhibition, DSM-V, curated by distinguished art critic David Rimanelli. With over three dozen works by artists from Picasso, Warhol, and Manzoni to Cecily Brown, Bjarne Melgaard, and George Condo, the show brings together an exceptional collection of artworks from mid-century to the present day by artists whose projects raise questions about the norms of conventional perception and behavior.
The exhibition’s title, DSM-V, is short for The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. First published in 1952, the fifth revision of the DSM is due in bookstores later this month. In our era, when naming often suggests a promise of recovery, a prescription covered by insurance, or, for the amateur, a chance to self-diagnose from a tantalizing list that includes mood, anxiety, factitious, dissociative, impulse-control, identity, sexual and gender, and adjustment disorders, the publication of the DSM-V, following 13 years of intense debate, has powerful implications.
Since no one can fail to encounter a few familiar reflections in the exhaustive pages of the DSM, the fantasy of inclusion, “is that me they are talking about?,” hovers over the exhibition, collapsing the distance between audience and artwork. From Daniel Buren’s awning stripes, to Rashid Johnson’s black soap, Jade Berreau and Dash Snow’s undergarments, and Nancy Barton’s human remains, no material in DSM-V remains neutral - least of all, the exhibition site itself.
The show will be held at the historic Moynihan Post Office on 32nd and 8th Ave, across from Madison Square Garden. Within the next year, the post office will undergo major renovations as it becomes part of the new Penn Station. DSM-V will be held in part of the building that has been closed off for the past few decades, and will not be used again before the renovations. Once the heart of Manhattan’s postal system, the building’s vast second floor included jail cells and an infirmary, a parallel world, grown dysfunctional, and long hidden from public view – opens itself for the next month to a new form disorder.