A photo of a peacock on the subway created a social media frenzy on Friday. People crowed not just about the peacock, but also the fellow passengers who seemed unfazed by the feathery giant. Only in New York City, New York City exclaimed.
We wondered whether the mystery bird was the one and only Dexter the Peacock, so we reached out to his owner, Ventiko. Turns out the subway peacock didn’t belong to the Bushwick-based conceptual photo and performance artist, but Ventiko had a theory: “By the way the human is holding a small stick with the bird perched on it, it must be stuffed.”
As we previously told you, artist Brian Andrew Whiteley will be bringing his notorious Donald Trump Tombstone to a formal gallery space tonight, in Bushwick. The solo show, which will display the original tombstone as well as a grave rubbing made in collaboration with “master printer” James Stroud and photographs of the stone’s original installation by Ventiko, is presented by Christopher Stout Gallery.
The former Chase bank space at 104 Delancey Street has been empty for about four years, intermittently hosting a Halloween store, a Hanksy exhibit and, recently, a Chabad Purim extravaganza. Last night, when we passed by the space owned by controversial landlord Samy Mahfar and his SMA Equities, it looked like it was in the midst of turning into an old-school warehouse party.