On the weekend before Valentine’s Day, the Orchard Corset Center was crowded with customers looking to get fitted for bras, bridal bustiers and corsets. The Lower East Side relic hasn’t attracted nearly as much recent media attention as American Apparel’s lingerie mannequins have around the corner, but it has this much going for it: authenticity beyond displays of fake pubic hair. Oh, and Peggy Bergstein, who owns the tiny storefront with her husband Ralph, claims she can tell a customer’s bra size just by looking at her bust. More →
Introducing Tribes, in which we ask a select group of New Yorkers what they’re wearing. This week: gallerists and artists from Friday’s Greenpoint Gallery Night.
(All photos: Konstantin Sergeyev)
Artist, Dose Project Space
The jacket is Sasson, from the ’80s. I got it at Salvation Army on Manhattan Avenue. I get almost all my clothes there. I got my boots there as well. And the tank top is American Apparel. I found it just stuffed under a bench in a bar The Drink. I think somebody stole it from the store, cause it has a hole where the anti-theft magnet apparently was. Nobody else wanted it, so I took it and I wear it all the time. More →
Welcome to Girls Talk, in which two of our favorite New Yorkers share the text messages they sent during this week’s episode of Girls.
Jessica Miglio/Courtesy of HBO
Petra Collins takes a selfie
The text in blue belongs to Lower East Side photographer Petra Collins. Recently, Petra received major press when Instagram took down one of her racy self portraits. Her magazine work has appeared in Rookie, Purple, Vice and Vogue Italia. She has designed clothing for American Apparel, and she’s working on her first book.
Jeanette Hayes takes a selfie
The text in white belongs to painter and multi-media artist Jeanette Hayes. Based in Soho, she has shown with Half Gallery, the Hole, Bleecker Street Arts Club, M&B Gallery, and Motelsalieri. Also, Hayes Hayes has made animated GIFs and videos for Proenza Schouler, CHANEL and Opening Ceremony.
The Saturday before Christmas, 1921, near Third Avenue and 12th Street, a truck struck and killed little Amelia Laredo, who was on her way to buy a present. She was living just around the corner at the Howard Mission and Home for Little Wanderers, a Protestant-run orphanage housed in the four-story red brick-and-frame townhouse at 225 East 11th Street. On Saturdays, Jennie Hudson, the mission superintendent, would give each child a dime for the movies but that day, Amelia told her friends that she was going to use the money to buy a Christmas gift for her brother, a cripple, who was in Brooklyn Hospital. More →
Last night at Moniker’s opening party, we were greeted by unpretentious attendants. After posing for a portrait with the opening installation by muralists Yok and Sheryo, staff member Madeline Philipp told us why she was having so much fun: “I love all the humans I meet as they all have to come through me first.”
The booth belonging to Chicago’s Cake Agency is one of the first you see, and you need to see it up close to appreciate the details of the engraved watches, rings and pendants by artists Christopher Ser and Buddy Austin. Gallerist Nick Malloy said Seattle-based Austin’s engraved Rolexes and Cartier timepieces have a two-year waitlist. “It’s a young money type of thing and we want to bring something else to the table.”
For those that don’t mind interaction, artist WK was snapping “mugshot” Polaroids of guests and then taking their fingerprints for a project he’s working on. WK’s young assistant Dash, a Parsons student, told us that working with the artist has inspired his own project about “young African-American men being targeted by police.”
Upstairs, Aurora Fisher was running a booth for the Garey The Third art boutique. For sale were books and apparel inspired by late artist LeRoy Neiman, famous for his modern expressionist paintings of athletes and celebrities, along with other vinyl collectables and prints. “We’re based on the West Coast,” Fisher said of the Los Angeles store, “but we have a demand here for our limited releases and we wanted to satisfy that.”
On Moniker’s second main floor, in a spacious basement, an eye-popping 3D installation by artist Li-Hill was on display along with several of her paintings. The London-born, Brooklyn-based Li-Hill explained the installation’s message. “It’s about a potential dark future because we’re in a global crux. So much can be done to the world to make the positive change.”
Also on the second floor was Philadelphia’s Analog Contemporary, featuring the art of Bruce Jefferies Reinfeld and Tai Taeoalii. Reinfeld’s saturated photographs are printed on lenticular plastic; the 3D illusion makes them jump at you from across the room. “These photos of graffitied trains and trucks were taken all over the country, but I just started working in lenticular about a year ago,” Reinfeld told us. “My pieces can range in any size and I’m doing a large lenticular installation for Art Market Hamptons this summer.”
Two levels down in the building’s cellar, Sold magazine partied at their street-art installation while a discussion panel took place on a nearby stage. Titled “The War of Messaging: Ad Takeovers and the Fight For Your Attention,” the talk was moderated by artist and activist Josh MacPhee, who spoke with writer RJ Rushmore, street art photographer Luna Park and public space artist Jordan Seiler. They discussed the subversive methods some artists employ against the giant reach of billboard advertising and how replacing them with street art is a way to resist corporate monotony.
When a fellow artist in attendance challenged whether the street artist had the “right” to illegally change the ads, another artist chimed in to defend them. “Yes, in legal terms they’re not right to do that, but because they admit who they are, what they do and have outlined their cause I would grant them that right. They see the world in a different way than the law and I agree with that difference.”
After the panel, the audience hit up Moniker’s bar, which was embellished by artist SKEWVILLE and run by The Sampler Bushwick, a craft beer house owned by two firefighters from the neighborhood that relaunched 15 months ago. General Manager Joel Suarez explained how The Sampler, which also offers session cans and growler refills, doubles as a gallery and pop-up kitchen. “We have a monthly art show that follows Black History Month, Women’s History Month; we did an indigenous peoples show last Thanksgiving and we give artists 70 percent of the cut. It’s even better when he have guests chefs come use our kitchen because we give them 100 percent. Me and my staff come from the Bronx and we were all artists first so we know how it is.”
Moniker International Art Fair continues through the weekend and will be free to the public on Sunday from 11am-12:30pm.
When Belkis Whyte graduated from college and earned a dream fashion internship in New York City, she found herself conforming to the city’s ubiquitous style: all black apparel with poker straight hair. Ironically, her creativity and individuality was being stifled in one of the world’s great fashion capitals. “I came as a minority in the industry and those insecurities kick in,” explains Whyte, who was born in Ghana. “I have to work twice as hard, even three times as hard, just to make a quarter of what my white counterparts make.”