While the runway models strut their stuff at Paris Fashion Week today, the New York scene is decidedly more down-to-earth and eco-conscious. At the second annual ReFashion Week NYC, New Yorkers can quench their thirst for thrift with panel discussions, wardrobe styling sessions, and clothing swap workshops. More →
The Sleeping Giant / The Swiss Grid
Opening Thursday, February 27 at Poster House. On view through August 23.
We see posters frequently in our everyday life. Movies coming out soon, ads for startups, information on new citywide regulations, the list goes on. Posters are such a frequent facet of our surroundings we tend to write them off. At Chelsea space Poster House, that all changes. Expand your understanding and appreciation of rectangular printed matter with their latest exhibitions. One, The Sleeping Giant, explores how posters illustrated China’s economic development in the 20th century. The other, The Swiss Grid, delves into the ubiquitous Swiss design and typographic style, typically involving sans serif fonts and a geometric-yet-asymmetric page layout.More →
The world might be going digital but John Casey is still standing his ground by making rubber stamps in his old-school East Village store. Since 1979, Casey has been kindly greeting customers in his thick Irish accent and answering all stamps-related questions while maneuvering in his compact yet warmly lit space. More →
Everyone wants to design the most Instagrammable restaurant. But the team behind Aura Cocina & Bar wants you to put your phone down and appreciate the surroundings when visiting Aura Cocina & Bar. Tucked in the corner of a former warehouse complex, the new Cuban-Asian fusion restaurant sets out to bring a bit of vintage Havana to East Williamsburg. More →
“Maternal” is the last adjective you’d associate with a Bed-Stuy-based DJ and producer. But that’s how Sara Skolnick, who goes by the stage name Riobamba, is affectionately described by DJ Lita, who was scouted by Riobamba herself. More →
At an art show in Chinatown, a middle-aged Chinese man stared at an ink painting, in which a god-like Asian figure was circled by children and animals flying amid clouds. After noticing the figure’s long beard and shapely breasts, the man gasped, “Is this a man or a woman?” More →
Thursday, February 20 at Secret Loft, 8 pm: $10 suggested donation
It’s getting to be that time of the year, the time where it’s impossible to ignore electoral politics no matter how hard you try. Of course, it’s important to stay informed, but there’s a balance one should strike between staying ignorant and getting completely enveloped in, say, Twitter conspiracies. One way of doing that is by logging off and heading to Paid Protest, a DSA fundraiser comedy show that was once in Brooklyn but has now made its way to Manhattan’s Secret Loft. This time, the team is raising cash for DSA’s Housing Working group through sets by Kate Willett, Alise Morales, Moss Perricone, Judah Friedlander, Jordan Jensen, and Shalewa Sharpe, alongside hosts Kath Barbadoro, Simone Norman, and Alex Ptak. Plus, there’s free pizza.More →
After Brendan McElroy, the founder and previous owner of Dr. Brendan, reopened the beloved East Village bar St. Dymphna’s in November of last year, one thing led to another. Now he’s opening a non-profit gallery, JUICE, in the space right next to his old iPhone repair shop on St. Marks Place.
For years, McElroy said, he and his brother, Daniel McElroy, had been toying with the idea of opening a gallery in the empty space, which isn’t zoned for retail use, but they lacked the proper connections. The popularity of St. Dymphna’s among artists and musicians happened to fill the vacuum, according to McElroy. After meeting local photographer Chad Moore at the bar, McElroy quickly put the idea into action by exhibiting Moore’s photographs at the gallery’s pre-opening on January 30. Over 100 guests showed up to the party, McElroy said. Among the multi hyphenate attendees: Actor/DJ/gallerist Leo Fitzpatrick, model/rocker Matt Hitt, model/writer/designer Alexa Chung, and model/artist Sarah Hiromi.
The exhibition, “Archive 001,” featured portraits of young people sleeping, spitting, or lying shirtless a la Ryan McGinley, along with skyscapes with colors resembling magnified northern lights. According to Dazed, Moore is a Florida-born, New York-based photographer whose work has been exhibited in Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, and New York.
McElroy’s vision for JUICE gallery is highly local. In the next month, he plans to feature mostly artists from the East Village and Lower East Side on a monthly basis. For the group opening show on Feb. 27, from 7pm to 10pm, the gallery will exhibit the works of Spencer Sweeney, Jim Power, Maggie Lee, Lucien Smith, Harif Guzman, Perry Khalil, and Eric Smith. Their work will be featured in upcoming solo shows, with Brion Starr curating this year along with the McElorys.
Jim Power, the “Mosaic Man” whose colorful tile work can be seen around the East Village, is a long-time customer of Dr. Brendan and created a mosaic for the tech repair store on the pole in front of Ray’s Pizza on St. Marks and 3rd Avenue. “It’s kind of like old meets new,” McElroy said.
St. Dymphna’s is also undergoing changes. The 25-year-old tavern formerly located at 118 St. Marks Place closed in October 2019. McElroy took over the bar and reopened it around the corner, at 117 Avenue A, because it was “like an extension of my living room where me, my brother, and my close friends all hung out for 11 or so years.” In the next couple of months, a slightly more upscale bar will open inside the existing space, separated by a door at the back end of the hallway.
“There’s a lot of synergy to be explored between the bar and the gallery,” McElroy said. “It’s tough to isolate the story without bringing in the other part, because they’re all intertwined.”
JUICE is located at 8 St. Marks Place, bet. 2nd and 3rd Avenues.
Rebellious Black Girl
Opening Tuesday, February 18 at The Untitled Space, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through February 28.
Though the cultural landscape is certainly more diverse than it used to be, it can still fall into the trap of expecting people of certain identities to look and behave a certain way, lest they be cast off and deemed unacceptable. Artist Nichole Washington pushes against all that with her solo show Rebellious Black Girl, on view at The Untitled Space in Tribeca for the rest of the month—which, of course, is also Black History Month. Washington’s work is centered around photography, but with a playful, mixed media twist, mixing vivid pinks, purples, and teals with bold imagery of powerful Black people expressing themselves however they please.More →
Not many people understand immigration like Katya Grokhovsky. Inspired by her globetrotting and a desire to celebrate immigrant artists in America, Grokhovsky founded The Immigrant Artist Biennial (TIAB), an event series that showcases artwork by over 40 interdisciplinary artists who were born outside the U.S. but currently live in the country. More →