Alan W. Moore next to Becky Howland's octopus poster for The Real Estate Show. Photo © 1980 Becky Howland.
Alan W. Moore is an art historian and activist whose work addresses cultural economies and groups and the politics of collectivity. He worked with the no wave artists' group Colab and helped start the cultural center ABC No Rio in New York City after participating in Colab's The Real Estate Show (1980), one of the best-known artist squat actions in New York history. Moore has written on artist collectives, cultural districts, and cultural economies. He is co-author with Marc Miller of the book ABC No Rio Dinero: The Story of a Lower East Side Art Gallery (1985) and the author of Art Gangs: Protest and Counterculture in New York City (Autonomedia, 2011). He also has contributed chapters to Alternative Art NY (University of Minnesota Press, 2002); Collectivism after Modernism (University of Minnesota Press, 2007); and Resistance: A Political History of the Lower East Side (Seven Stories Press, 2006). In 2013, Moore organized an exhibition workshop entitled XFR STN (Transfer Station) that was held at the New Museum. He runs the House Magic information project on self-organized, occupied social centers, and he lives in Madrid.