Founded in 1979, first exhibition "The Inaugural Exhibition" opened on October 4, 1980 at their space at 244 East 13th Street (the Lower East Side) at which time they also distributed a "Calandar of Events" to the press and handed out at the gallery that outlined their program for the first year.

Members included: Doug Ashford, Julie Ault, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mundy McLaughlin, and Tim Rollins

A New York City-based organization of artists dedicated to the creation, exhibition, and distribution of art that increases social awareness. (from The New Museum brochure, 1986)

Democracy: A Project by Group Material [Discussions in Contemporary Culture # 5 edited by Brian Wallis] Dia Art Foundation 1990
MASS [brochure] - See "EXHIBITION" below for list of artists The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York 1986
Resistance (Anti-Baudrillard) [photo: Catherine Allport] - See "EXHIBITION" below for list of artists / Also transcript of the Panel Discussion (January 25, 1987) held in conjunction with the exhibition including: Judith Barry / Peter Halley / William Olander / Julie Wachtel / Oliver Wasow White Columns, New York 1987
EXHIBITIONS / PROJECTS CURATED [additional exhibitions listed below]    
Constitution [organized by Group Material] The Temple Gallery, Temple University, Philadelphia 1987
Inserts ["Advertising Supplement to The New York Times" sponsored by the Public Art Fund] Group Material 1988
Liberty and Justice [with The Alternative Museum] Alternative Museum, New York  1986 
Billboard Art on the Road MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts 1999
Blurring the Boundries: Installation Art 1969-1996 Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego 1996
Committed to Print: Social and Political Themes in Recent American Printed Art The Museum of Modern Art, New York  1988
Contemporary Perspectives 1984  Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 1984
Cultural Economies:Histories from the Alternative Arts Movement, NYC  The Drawing Center, New York 1996
Documenta 8 [curator: Manfred Schneckenburger] Kassel   1987
East Village USA [not in exhibition but mentioned in Cameron's catalogue essay] The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York 2004
In and Out of Place: Contemporary Art and the American Social Landscape  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1993
Points of Entry - The Three Rivers Arts Festival The Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh 1997
Public Art  Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta 1985
Temporarily Possessed: The Semi-Permanent Collection The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York 1995
The Decade Show: Frameworks of Identity in the 80s The New Museum of Contemporary Art / The Studio Museum of Harlem / the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art,, New York 1990
Whitney Biennial 1985 [Richard Armstrong, John G. Hanhardt, Barbara Haskell, Richard Marshall, Lisa Phillips, and Patterson Sims] Whitney Museum of American Art 1985
Whitney Biennial 1991 [Richard Armstrong, John G. Hanhardt, Richard Marshall, and Lisa Phillips] Whitney Museum of American Art 1991
ABC No Rio Dinero: The Story of a Lower East Side Art Gallery  ABC No Rio with Collaborative Projects 1985
A Guide to Democracy in America Creative Time Books 2008
Alternative Art New York 1965-1985 The Drawing Center / University of Minnesota Press 2002
Art After Midnight: The East Village Scene St. Martin's Press 1986
Art After Modernism: Rethinking Representation  The New Museum of Contemporary Art  1984 
Art and Artifact: The Museum as Medium  Thames & Hudson 2001
Art Matters: How the Culture Wars Changed America  New York University Press 1999
Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam Era University of California Press 2009
But is it Art? The Spirit of Art as Activism  Bay Press  1995 
Collectivism After Modernism: The Art of Social Imagination After 1945 University of Minnesota Press 2007 
Dialogues in Public Art  MIT Press 2000
5000 Artists Return to Artists Space: 25 Years  Artists Space / D.A.P. Press  1998
Get the Message? A Decade of Art for Social Change [Lucy Lippard] E.P. Dutton 1984
Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art Bay Press 1995
New Art Rizzoli 1991
One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity  MIT Press 2004
On the Beaten Tack: tourism, art, and culture  The New Press, New York 1999
Real Life Magazine: Selected Writings and Project s 1979-1994  Primary Information, New York 2006
Rewriting Conceptual Art Reaktion Books [Critical Views], London 1999
Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings  University of California Press 1996 
100 Years: A Tradition of Social and Political Art on the LOWER EAST SIDE P.P.O.W. 1988
Art in America [Material World [Group Material] January  1989 
Art in America [The Heart of Darkness: Film and Video at the Whitney Biennial] October  1991
PAD [Politicial Art and Documentation / Distribution] # 04 PAD/D 1982
Parkett # 26  Parkett 1990 
Tema Celeste #91 Gabrius, Milan 2002
Upfront # 10 - PADD [Politicial Art and Documentation / Distribution] PAD/D 1985
Upfront # 14/15 - PADD [Politicial Art and Documentation / Distribution] PAD/D 1987/8
Group Material at Dia (Wooster Street)  Art in America, January  1989

MASS [brochure], 1986 at The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York included: Dennis Adams / Ida Applebroog / Doug Ashford / Julie Ault / Eva Cockcroft / Jessica Diamond / Eric Drooker / Barbara Ess / Felix Gonzalez-Torres / Mike Glier / Matthew Geller / Hans Haacke / Edgar Heap of Birds / Jenny Holzer / Barbara Kruger / Tom Lawson / Michael Lebron / Dona MacAdams / Allan McCollum / Joseph Nechvatal / Saul Ostrow / Herb Perr / Tim Rollins / Erika Rothenberg / Christy Rupp / Andres Serrano / Nancy Spero / Haim Steinbach / Anton van Dalen / Richard Ray Whitman
Resistance (Anti-Baudrillard) included: Gretchen Bender / Joseph Beuys / Mike Glier / Leon Golub / Hans Haacke / Edgar Heap of Birds / Janet Henry / Jenny Holzer / Barbara Kruger / Louise Lawler / Nancy Spero / Gaston Ugalde / Carrie Mae Weems / Krzysztof Wodiczko / Martin Wong