In 2012, the AD&A Museum at UC Santa Barbara was gifted 8 Portfolios from Exit Art.
Founded in 1982 by Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Calo, Exit Art was in operation until mid—2012 and served as an alternative exhibition space for artists working outside the mainstream. The first location, was on West Broadway, in SoHo. In 2002, the gallery moved to its last and final location in Hell's Kitchen where is stayed until mid 2012. Having been identified as an ideal space for artists, Exit Art’s exhibition “Fever” in 1992 was declared one of the ten most important exhibitions of the decade by Peter Plagens from Newsweek.
In the late 1990’s, Exit Art began a portfolio series that was a mix of then emerging artists with some of the masters of contemporary art, including Leon Golub, Ann Hamilton, Sanford Biggers, and Alfredo Jaar. These portfolios became a record of Exit Art’s accomplishments for over a decade.
Currently housed at the Museum, the following portfolios are now part of the Museum’s collection— 2001, TWO OO ONE; 2004—SIX X FOUR’; 2005—Tantra; 2006—Trance Borders; 2008—Expose; 2009 America America; 2010 Ecstasy 2 and 2011 SEA.
Unfortunately, founding co-founder, Jeanette Ingberman passed away in mid 2011 and Exit Art was subsequently closed in 2012 due to concerns over loss of its conceptual oversight.