Oh, right. “Collect, Store, Retrieve” — a new gallery exhibit at ABC No Rio on the Lower East Side — opens this evening featuring artistic takes on the science of memory.
Curator Brian George and the ABC No Rio visual arts collective gave artists several prompts relating to current scientific thinking on memory, with a focus on concepts such as false memories and nostalgia. The resulting pieces use mediums including illustration, cut paper, photography, painting, bookbinding and sequential art.
Memory is an interesting topic to explore at ABC No Rio, as a new building waits in the wings to replace the long-time social center’s 156 Rivington Street home. This wasn’t lost on George.
“As a landmark of NYC art and oppositional culture, there is quite a bit of nostalgia surrounding the building,” he wrote in an e-mail.
George says contractor bidding for the new building will begin soon, with demolition starting by the spring at the latest. Keep an eye-out for an upcoming building-wide exhibition that will see the old ABC No Rio off.
Artists on display include George himself, as well as Mónica Félix, Michelle Harvey, Carla Hernandez, Kelly Savage and Maki Naro, who wrote about the show on his blog.
If you remember to stop by, the exhibit opens tonight with an opening reception at 7 p.m. and runs through Dec. 10.