Ground Zero Gallery

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The Ground Zero Gallery was established by James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook. The two had first met David Wojnarowicz in 1983 when Romberger took some drawings to Civilian Warfare to show to Dean Savard. Wojnarowicz thought Romberger’s work was good and that Civilian Warfare should include them in a show. A year later, after Savard moved Civilian Warfare to another location, he offered the gallery space to Romberger and Van Cook. This became the first Ground Zero location. The space was small but a year later, the couple moved the gallery to a larger space on East Tenth Street where Wojnarowicz first exhibited with them. Romberger and Van Cook asked for a work that would challenge and inspire; Wojnarowicz produced You Killed Me First Installation #8. This work took over half the gallery space. The following year in 1986, Ground Zero moved once again to their final space. Wojnarowicz exhibited Mexican Diaries here. Due to a lack of venues that allowed for installation and performance art, Romberger and Van Cook advocated and provided the space for the display of these two specific types of art.

Solo Exhibitions

Mexican Diaries

You Killed Me First Installation #8, collaboration with Richard Kern


East 9th Street, New York, NY

Fall 1985
339 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10009

East 11th Street, New York, NY

Selected images