Harbin, China | Past/Present
Opening Tuesday, April 30 at Museum at Eldridge Street, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through October 4.
The Museum at Eldridge Street exists at the intersection of Manhattan neighborhoods with diverse cultural histories, and has always tried to honor that with events like their annual Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival spotlighting Jewish, Chinese, and Puerto Rican foods and traditions. The museum’s latest exhibition has the same spirit, but takes viewers to a small city in northeast China called Harbin, where a community of Jewish immigrants flourished in the late 1890’s. The exhibition traces this community’s presence in Harbin over the decades alongside works by contemporary artist Steven Lane, who has worked in Harbin’s synagogues and often utilizes Chinese archival material in his work.
Pictures From Another Time: Photographs by Bob Colacello, 1976-82
Opening Thursday, May 2 at Vito Schnabel Projects, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through June 21.
Nowadays, Andy Warhol’s storied Interview Magazine is in an interesting spot. After ending production, declaring bankruptcy, and allegedly stiffing writers on their pay, the magazine suddenly relaunched this past September, leaving some puzzled and suspicious. Decades before all that, the photographer Bob Colacello was Interview’s editor. Armed with a small 35mm film camera called a Minx 35 EL, Colacello captured parties, presidential inaugurations, celebrities, and other snapshots of life and culture during the 1970’s. At West Village space Vito Schnabel Projects, 150 of Colacello’s images will be on display, so you can experience a past era through the eyes of someone who was present for some of its most interesting moments.
Opening Friday, May 3 at Gloria’s, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through June 29.
Collage is a familiar and accessible medium of artmaking. You’ve probably done it yourself, though your patchwork creations probably didn’t end up in a gallery. Gloria’s resident artist Estelle Maisonett’s collages have, however, and will be on view at Ridgewood space Gloria’s starting this Friday. Collage feels like a fitting medium for Maisonett—it could be said she sports a collage of identities herself, being a queer, Mexican-American, Puerto Rican woman living in New York. She draws from these selves and experiences to make her work, repurposing paper trash and other found objects in order to craft pieces of art that question how identity and consumerist imagery intersect.