Alice O’ Malley’s “Kenny Kenny 13″ Opens in Style

We stopped by famed local photographer Alice O’Malley‘s festive opening at Strange Loop Gallery on Friday.  “Kenny Kenny 13″ is a collection of portraits of one of New York’s original ‘Club Kids,’ Kenny Kenny.  The show is curated by gallery owners Claire Fleury and Alesia Exum in collaboration with their “roommates in residence,” the Bereau of General Services – Queer Division (BGSQD). Another famed local photographer, Clayton Patterson, was in attendance and was kind enough to send along some photos from the evening.

Kenny Kenny was unfortunately under the weather and wasn’t in attendance but O’ Malley was chatting warmly with the gallery goers.  When we asked about the band-aid above her upper lip, she replied without missing a beat, “I narrowly escaped a drone attack.  I was the only one who got out alive.”

O’ Malley is a longtime neighborhood resident, once known as “The Mayor of Ludlow Street,” and has a studio in Chinatown. Her work has been shown at PS1 MOMA, Participant, agnes b galerie du jour, the ICP Museum 2009 Triennial and more. Her portraits have been shown in publications including Art in America, I-D Magazine, Flash Art and New York Times Magazine.

O’Malley says about Kenny Kenny, “(he) assisted Leigh Bowery in London in the early eighties and he is a legendary stylist in his own right.  Like Bowery, his body is his palette. He also hosts the best nights in New York City. We did a series of portraits called ’13 looks’…a study of Kenny Kenny in his many guises.”

The show will run through March 31st.  Gallery/Store hours are Tue – Sat: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, and Sun: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.