There are lots of events scheduled this week around the Armory Show and the Art Show. One of the most beautiful spaces on the Lower East Side is joining the fray. Beginning tomorrow and continuing through Sunday the Angel Orensanz Foundation is hosting an open house and free brunch. You’ll be able to look at “Transparent Matter,” an exhibition by artist Angel Orensanz, walk through the galleries and enjoy the spectacular sanctuary in the 1850 synagogue. Angel Orensanz is located at 172 Norfolk St. If you’re interested in attending, you’re asked to RSVP via Facebook.
Many neighborhood cultural institutions are commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday with special exhibitions and/or programs. The Angel Orensanz Foundation is presenting, “3,000 Pebbles in Memoriam – A 9/11 Anniversary Tribute.”
Here’s the concept and invitation:
We earnestly invite you to come to this 160-year old building in the heart of Lower Manhattan and to participate in a simple, poetic act aimed at mourning the death of 3,000 people ten years ago now. Another 3,000 pebbles will be waiting at the entrance for visitors to come, pick them up, and place them indoors, on the floor of the Foundation. By progressively piling them up, a symbolic, geometric pattern will be shaped. A silent, evocative and reflexive gesture with roots in many religious traditions that is aimed at bringing people together.
At the same time, visitors are welcome to view a multi-media installation created by Angel Orensanz in the aftermath of 9/11. The Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk, will be open on Sunday, September 11 from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
The fourth stop on Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way Haus Party Tour,” (a.k.a. Listening Party) will be at Angel Orensanz tomorrow night. The party is in honor of her most recent album release, “Born This Way,” and you too can dress up in outrageous garb, and hopefully make it in to the VIP lounge and drink lots of free Belvedere, for a small fee, of course. Who knows, maybe The Gaga herself will show…GiltCity is selling tickets for the waitlist here. $40 // Thursday, May 26 // 172 Norfolk.
This year, the colossal fine art fair that is The Armory Show has launched an accompanying series of public programming within different artistic communities around town. Titled,”Armory Arts Week,” the focus is on a different neighborhood each day between March 3 and March 6; on Sunday, the focus in on the Lower East Side. There will be numerous gallery tours and studio visits to attend along with some special workshops and even an artistic dinner series, curated by an artist and happening at local restaurants.