Shelly Bancroft and Peter Nesbett co-founded and have served as co-directors of Triple Candie, a not-for-profit contemporary art venue in Harlem, since 2001. Triple Candie is a place-based, research-oriented gallery that produces exhibitions about art but is largely devoid of it. A typical exhibition consists of reproductions, surrogates, models, stage-sets, or common objects that are displayed using a combination of rhetorical devices. Given their ephemeral nature, frequent use of historical subjects, and lack of any obvious artist-agent, Triple Candie’s exhibitions have often been referred to as “curatorial performances.” Triple Candie was highlighted as one of twenty-five worldwide trendsetters in the September 2007 issue of ARTnews.
Bancroft and Nesbett live in New York and were co-publishers of the award-winning Art on Paper magazine until 2004. Bancroft holds a BFA in painting from Michigan State University and an MA in contemporary art history from the University of Washington, Seattle. Nesbett holds a BA in visual studies from Cornell University; an MA in art history from the University of Washington, Seattle; and a post-Master’s certificate from the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management at Columbia University.