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From the Streets to the Suites: ’80s East Village Shows in Modern-Day Midtown

(Photos: Giulia Alexandra)

(Photos: Giulia Alexandra)

After talking to photographer Ken Schles last week about his exhibition opening at the Howard Greenberg Gallery I headed to the Midtown East last Thursday to check it out. Ken captured the East Village during the 1980s heroin haze and I wanted to see the glittering carnage up close. What I found was something else entirely.
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Ken Schles Photographed ‘The Last Pre-Internet Bohemian Place’: East Village in the ’80s

Drowned in Sorrow, 1984. (Photograph by Ken Schles)

Drowned in Sorrow, 1984. (Photograph by Ken Schles)

Ken Schles, the artist behind the underground cult classic Invisible City will be speaking tonight between 6 and 8 pm at an opening reception of his work at the Howard Greenberg Gallery. Schles lived in the East Village during the gritty, burned out decade of the 1980s and documented the harrowing yet glamorous world he saw through the lens of his camera.
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Bushwick Photographer Captures Williamsburg’s ‘Major Transformation’

Brooklyn, 2001-2. (All photos: Louis Mallo)

Brooklyn, 2001-2. (All photos: Luis Mallo)

Luis Mallo was searching for an apartment in Williamsburg with his then-girlfriend, Ana, in 1994, when a woman in her 70s sitting outside a building caught his eye. “She was this older, Polish lady sitting in front of a door. I thought, ‘Should I ask? What are the odds?’ I said to her, ‘My girlfriend and I are looking for an apartment. Do you know of anything available?’ She looked me up and down, paused for a minute, and said, ‘Come with me.’”
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A Sitting With the Man Who Shot Kurt Cobain

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

It’s 1993 all over again: yesterday Kim Deal of the Breeders released a new video, tickets go on sale today at noon for Helmet and Smashing Pumpkins shows, and last night at NeueHouse photographer Jesse Frohman remembered Kurt Cobain’s last American photo session, images from which are gathered in a new book.
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Sick of Pistorius? Take Another Look at South Africa

NOT × Chris Saunders on display now at Wallplay Gallery (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

NOT × Chris Saunders on display now at Wallplay Gallery (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

Lest Fashion Week leave you feeling jaded (about the superficiality of the industry, and the inanity of the clothing and the persons therein), allow me to offer an antidote of sorts: NOT × Chris Saunders, an exhibition currently showing at Wallplay that fuses fashion, photography, sculpture and video to explore the complex cultural underpinnings of style—South African style, in particular. Keep Reading »

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Get Some Fine Art With Your Morning Egg-and-Cheese

A Number of Names art gallery on Avenue C and East 7th (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

A Number of Names art gallery on Avenue C and East 7th (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

If a defunct bodega seems an unusual space for a curated art show, how about the wall outside a still-functioning deli? ANON (A Number of Names), the newest unorthodox art venue to materialize on Avenue C, shuns interiors entirely in favor of a door-sized vertical in the heart of Alphabet City.
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The Public Library with Robert Dawson + Diane Caldwell

Since 1994, California-based photographer Robert Dawson has been travelling across the country, capturing images of public libraries—those hallowed, endangered urban oases of learning and contemplation. The result of his eighteen-year pilgrimage have now been collected into a handsome tome, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay, which is simultaneously a visual record of America’s libraries, an examination of the manifold functions such institutions perform, and an impassioned lamentation over their steady decline from public consciousness. In the book’s foreword, veteran journalist Bill Moyers writes, “when a library is open, no matter its size or shape, democracy is open, too.” Dawson, in effect, presents a poignant argument for what’s at stake. He’ll be in conversation with Diane Cardwell, business reporter for The New YorkTimes.

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Meryl Meisler and A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick!

Meryl Meisler worked as a school teacher in cracked-out, riot-prone 80s Bushwick—but she also carried a medium format camera everywhere she went, snapping epic photos of the ‘hood. Now, she’s collected those pictures, and placed them alongside her photographs of disco-fevered Manhattan in the same era. Together, the two sets of images offer a riotous portrait of two different universes in one city—at once hopelessly divided, and disconcertingly similar. Join Meisler for a special presentation of her work. She’ll also be signing copies.

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This Photographer Ventures Into Strangers’ Bedrooms

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Emma Anderson

The first people who responded to Emma Anderson’s classified ad seeking strangers to photograph — a couple in their late 40s who lived in public housing in New Zealand — told her they had been photographed before, and would she like to see the shots? Emma obliged, and was shocked to see the photos were of the two in explicit pornographic scenes. It didn’t help matters, she says, that “he looked exactly like the Penguin from Batman, like Danny DeVito.” But such is the nature of Emma’s work. “Good on them, man.”
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Bushwick History Photo Walk with Meryl Meisler

We all know Bushwick has changed, but none of us more so than Meryl Meisler. The photographer, who worked as an art teacher in Bushwick from the early ’80s, recalls that at the time the neighborhood “looked like the photographs that I had seen of Beirut.”  She set about capturing the life among the ruins. Now, perfectly safely, you can join the photographer for a tour of her current exhibition of “Disco Era Bushwick” photographs, and a walking tour of the neighborhood. Bring a camera.

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis

Photojournalist Diego Cupolo has documented sinister environments and the tough lives lived in them from Bushwick to Montevideo. Tonight at WORD, he discusses his recently released book, Seven Syrians: War Accounts From Syrian Refugees. Cupolo painstakingly records the lives of survivors of the current conflict, combining text and photos into a series of compelling portraits. He’ll be in discussion with Brooklyn-based writer/essayist Rahawa Haile.

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Hear Jack Ridley of Drowners Play While Your Mind Is Flooded With Photos of NYC

(Photo: Pete Voelker)

(Photo: Pete Voelker)

When photographer Pete Voelker first arrived in New York, he found the city overwhelming—and immediately began to document the constant movement and shifting surfaces of the urban streets. Now, six years in, he wants others to be similarly overwhelmed during his one night-only exhibition (and first ever solo show) Might As Well Enjoy It, which collates over 600 photographs in a projection video just under 5 minutes long. That’s 120 photographs a minute, or 2 every second.
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