City Lore Launches the Exhibition ‘What did it feel like to be there?: 12 Portraits from The Addresses Project’

 

 

 

Cassandra Grant photo: © Riya Lerner, 2020. Cassandra Grant at Home, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY. Archival pigment print, 16×20 in. Courtesy of the artist.

City Lore, a pioneer in Urban Folklore programming and an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is pleased to launch a new exhibition, What did it feel to be there?: 12 Portraits from The Addresses Project created by artists Gwen Shockey and Riya Lerner. The City Lore Gallery is located at 56 East 1st street in Manhattan and the exhibition will open on March 29 and be on view through June 30, 2024. Gallery hours are: Friday 2-6pm, and Saturday – Sunday 12-6pm. There will be an opening reception at the City Lore Gallery on March 29, 2024 from 6 pm – 8 pm.

Please RSVP for the reception:  CityloreandAddressesProject.eventbrite.com 

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‘Philip Buehler: Please Don’t Forget Us’ ~ Brings the War on Ukraine to the East Village in Stunning Mural Installation

 

 

 

Philip Buehler alongside the car cemetery installation. Image courtesy Philip Buehler.

This past month we’ve been wondering ~ and even concerned ~ about the lack of news coming from our media about the war in Ukraine. We see we are not alone. This month, photographer and explorer of urban ruins, Phil Buehler, created a 60-foot-long photograph of Irpin’s car cemetery in Ukraine as a reminder that this war rages on. The mural, entitled ‘Irpin, Ukraine: Please Don’t Forget Us’ is located near the Ukrainian Museum and the St. George Ukrainian Church in the East Village, on view through November, 2023.

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Village Preservation to Hold Panel Discussion + Tour of La MaMa ETC Transformation on July 12th

 

 

 

La MaMa, 74 East 4th Street. Photo credit: John Bartlestone
La MaMa, 74 East 4th Street by Beyer Binder Belle. Photo credit: John Bartlestone

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Earlier this year, La MaMa ETC. completed the renovation and restoration of its original theater building at 74A East 4th Street. The individually landmarked building, constructed in 1873 as a German professional orchestral musicians’ association in the heart of what was then New York’s “Kleindeutschland,” later became home to a German singing society, several public meeting and dance halls, the Newsboys Athletic Hall, a laundry, and a meatpacking plant. In the late 1960s, however, it was rescued from abandonment by the scrappy new Off-Off-Broadway theater organization founded by Ellen Stewart, which would become an incomparable powerhouse in its field.

A years long renovation has restored the building to its historic glory, greatly expanded its capacity to serve artists and the public, and won awards and accolades from across the city, including from Village Preservation at our 2023 Annual Village Awards.

La MaMa ETC will be joining Village Preservation to convene a panel discussion and presentation by experts from the theater and the restoration team about the work to transform this beloved historic landmark, followed by a tour of the sparkling new space. Spaces are limited. The Event will take place on Wednesday, July 12th at 6:00pm with pre-registration (spaces are limited). This is a Free and in-person event.

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Deer Gallery Inaugural Exhibition in The Harriman Clubhouse ~ Steven Hirsch: Crispy Critters

 

 

 

Image: Steven Hirsch, Delta Redux, 2021. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 18 x 24 in., 45 x 61 cm.

The historic 287 East 10th Street in the East Village had been occupied by the Boys Club of New York since its opening in 1901. Known as The Harriman Clubhouse, the Boys Club sold the building in 2019 ~ and the historic building entered into a lease with The Joyce Theater Foundation, with a promise to continue offering community services as well as opening a door into the arts.

As part of its transformation into an arts center, the Deer Gallery will open on the second floor, with its inaugural exhibition, Steven Hirsch: Crispy Critters. Featuring nearly 40 paintings and drawings from 2020-2023 by the self-taught artist, the exhibition will be on view from May 25 to July 1, 2023. An opening reception will be held Thursday, May 25 from 6-8 p.m. The artist will be present.

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‘Close Up: Three Alphabet City Stories’ to Open at Metropolitan Playhouse in the East Village

 

 

 

Metropolitan Playhouse presents new solo-performances drawn from oral histories of East Village residents May 18 – June 4, 2023.  Directed by Sidney Fortner and Alex Roe, performances  will be in-person at the Playhouse home at 220A E 4th Street.

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‘War/Art Balance’ ~ a Panel Speaks on Complexities Surrounding History of Ukrainian, Russian, and Soviet Avant-Garde Movements at The Cooper Union

 

 

 

 

The Cooper Union will bring together a range of voices to speak on the complexities surrounding the histories of the Ukrainian, Russian, and Soviet avant-garde movements in a panel discussion entitled “War/Art Balance: Deimperializing the Soviet Avant-Garde at the Time of Russia’s War on Ukraine, Its Culture, and People”. The panel discussion will take place on April 27th from 6:30 ~ 8pm.

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The Brant Foundation to Present a Landmark Andy Warhol Exhibition at East Village Location

 

 

 

Andy Warhol, Thirty Are Better Than One, 1963. Synthetic Polymer paint and silkscreen ink on Canvas
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Brant Foundation is pleased to present Thirty Are Better Than One, an exhibition of over 100 artworks by Andy Warhol, at its East Village location. On view from May 10 through July 31, 2023, the survey spans the entirety of Warhol’s illustrious career, from his early drawings and intimate Polaroids to instantly recognizable silkscreens and sculptures. Thirty Are Better Than One pulls in large part from the Brant Collections, which includes an expansive and coherent selection of Warhol’s work. It is curated by Peter M. Brant, founder of The Brant Foundation and an early patron, collaborator, and close friend of the artist.

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Kennedy & Khrushchev Wrote “Love Letters from the Cold War”, Now a Virtual Play by Joseph Ryan at Metropolitan Playhouse

 

 

 

John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev maintained official but personal correspondence that reveals respectful adversaries with a common goal: to stop the world tumbling into Armageddon. From the failed invasion at the Bay of Pigs through the Cuban Missile Crisis, a first nuclear summit, and the building of the Berlin Wall, all with the Space Race a proxy background battle, the two men form a precarious partnership, sundered with Kennedy’s assassination.

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‘Art in Odd Places: 2022 Story’ Along 14th Street September 23-25

 

 

 

Suzanne Joy Clarke, Question Gift (courtesy of the artist)

Art in Odd Places(AiOP) 2022: STORY is scheduled for September 23-25, 2022, curated by Atlanta artist Jessica Elaine Blinkhorn for its seventeenth annual public visual and performance art festival featuring 40+ local, national, and international artists’ projects from the Disabled, Incarcerated, Elder, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and Allied communities taking place along 14th Street in Manhattan, NY – from Avenue C to the Hudson River.

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‘Lyrical Urbanism: The Taipei Music Center’ to Open at Cooper Union

 

 

 

Photograph courtesy Yana Zhezhela & Alek Vatagin

Lyrical Urbanism: The Taipei Music Center, an exhibition marking the recent completion of Reiser+Umemoto, RUR Architecture’s Taipei Music Center (TMC), a new musical district within Taipei, will be on view at Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture April 6-29, 2022. Designed by the project’s architects from the New-York based firm, it will feature mural-sized photographs, architectural models, drawings, and audiovisual media that explore the decade-long design process, Taiwan’s music industry, and the nation’s cosmopolitan ambitions. The opening reception in Cooper Union’s Great Hall on April 6 will include a lecture, panel discussion, and a musical performance composed for the occasion.

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Kiyomi Quinn Taylor: Half Life Opens at Ki Smith Gallery in the East Village

 

 

 

Kiyomi Quinn Taylor: Half Life installation view. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Ki Smith Gallery is pleased to present Half Life, the gallery’s first exhibition across both spaces with multimedia artist Kiyomi Quinn Taylor. With a staunch belief in both a life after death and the presence of the deceased in our lived realities, Taylor presents her audience with a world that is both fantastical and autobiographical; one built on memory, a rich family history, dreams, and fables.

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Sam Sidney: New York Never Felt So Good @ Eerdmans Fine Art in the East Village

 

 

Sam Sidney: New York Never Felt So Good

The very cool and eclectic East Village ‘gallery’ Eerdmans opened its doors to Sam Sidney: New York Never Felt so Good ~ an exhibition of iconic New York City images.

These finely crafted felt portraits depict some of NYC’s larger-than-life personalities like Andy Warhol, Joan Rivers and Billie Holiday, and hallowed civic iconography like a metro card, a street-cart hotdog, and Lady Liberty.

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Charlie Hudson: Points of Distraction, a two-part exhibition, at Ki Smith Gallery, East Village

 

 

 

Charlie Hudson, Points of Distraction, Part-Two at Ki Smith Gallery

Points of Distraction, a two-part exhibition featuring new sculptural paintings by Charlie Hudson, explores our  city from a stoplight in Williamsburg at 4am to the glaring sun refracting off a glossy skyscraper in Midtown. Exhibited in two-parts, the second installation will present our cityscapes mosaicked into an immersive, panoramic view of a single street corner.

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East Village Hats hosts Pop-Up of Renowned Milliner, Rod Keenan Hats on March 5-7, 2021

 

 

 

Rod Keenan, Milliner

Woooo ~ East Village Hats will be hosting a weekend pop-up of Milliner, Rod Keenan hats! The event will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 5, 6, and 7 from Noon to 6:00pm.

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On the Mosaic Trail with Jim Power, The Mosaic Man, in the East Village

 

 

 

On the Mosaic Trail at Astor Place in the East Village

So much has changed along St. Mark’s Place in the East Village. But as shops, and even buildings come and go ~ Jim Power and his Mosaic Trail can still be found.

Walk with us along St. Mark’s Place, from Astor Place to Tompkins Square Park, on Jim Power’s Mosaic Trail, and don’t miss the dedication sign to The Mosaic Man, who was honored by Village Alliance and City Lore with a Celebration and Ribbon Cutting in December, 2022.

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Ki Smith Gallery Opens a 2nd Gallery in Historic Gusto House, East Village

 

 

Matthew Capasso, Claire Foussard, Naomi Falk, Ki Smith.

Ki Smith Gallery is coming home! The Gallery announced that it will be opening a second location located in the East Village. The new showroom is on 4th Street,  between A and B in the famed Gusto House where decades of culture and history have taken place.

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MASKED NYC: Witness to Our Time by AJ Stetson on view in the East Village

 

 

AJ Stetson: Masked NYC, Witness to our Time

With most museums and galleries shuttered for months during the Covid pandemic, artists have been yearning to respond, reach out, and connect. MASKED NYC: Witness to Our Time, photos by AJ Stetson, is a Covid-safe exhibition in response to that call.

From September 9 through October 7, 2020, every day from sunrise to sunset, a selection of more than two dozen four-foot vinyl panels, drawn from a revolving exhibition of 525 photo portraits of masked New Yorkers, will be displayed at six feet apart on the historic cast-iron fence of the Quaker Meeting House on East 15 Street and Rutherford Place. Continue reading “MASKED NYC: Witness to Our Time by AJ Stetson on view in the East Village”

How to Build a House: Architectural Research in the Digital Age at The Cooper Union

 

 

DFAB House at The Cooper Union

A new exhibition showcasing the conception and making of the DFAB HOUSE, the world’s first fully inhabited building to have been digitally planned and largely built with the help of robots and 3D printers will open at The Cooper Union on September 12th.

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The East Village 13th Annual Dance Parade & Festival ~ May 18, 2019

 

 

 

Image via dance parade

The 13th Annual Dance Parade & Festival will take place on Saturday, May 18th, with over 10,000 dancers, DJs and live bands. The Parade will begin at 12:35pm on Broadway at 21st Street, with a ceremonial Native American circle dance. At 1:00pm, the Parade will dance its way down Broadway to Astor Place, to perform in front of the grandstand. Continuing on East on St. Mark’s Place, the festivities will end at Tompkins Square Park with free classes and performances on five stages from 3:00pm to 7:00pm

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St. Mark’s Historic District in the East Village Celebrates its 50th Anniversary!

 

 

On January 14, 1969, the St. Mark’s Historic District was one of the first historic districts to be designated a City Landmark.  Now, as we approach its 50th anniversary, the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation is planning a celebration.  RSVP for the Event to be held on Wednesday, January 16th, and check out a wonderful and informative article on the Secrets of the St. Mark’s Historic District by 6SqFt.

The GVSHP is also celebrating the launch of its online tool, giving historic information on every building in the neighborhood. Click to explore “A History of the East Village and its Architecture” by Francis Morrone.

Al Diaz/SAMO @ Same Old Gallery ~57 Great Jones Street ~ Once Owned by Warhol & Studio of Basquiat

 

 

 

57 Great Jones Street, home/studio of Jean-Michel Basquiat and current exhibition of Al Diaz/SAMO

57 Great Jones, once owned by Andy Warhol, was the home and studio of Jean-Michel Basquiat. This month, the ground-floor space has been converted to a temporary gallery, inspired by the late artist ~ with an opening exhibition by Basquiat’s friend Al Diaz, also known as #SAMO, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Basquiat’s passing.

57 Great Jones Street is currently the headquarters for Atelier Jolie.

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The Brant Foundation to Open Art Gallery in the East Village with Major Basquiat Exhibition

 

 

Image via brantfoundation.org

The Brant Foundation will open its new East Village Gallery doors on March 6, 2019 in what was the home/studio of the late artist, Walter De Maria, who passed away in 2013.  Inaugural exhibition ~ works by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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