Avant Garde Artists Celebrated at Acker Awards Thursday Night

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For the past couple of years, Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson and the writer, Alan Kaufman, have been putting on the Acker Awards. The idea is to celebrate outstanding members of the avant garde arts community. The third iteration of the award ceremony is coming up Thursday night at HOWL! Happening on East 1st Street.

Here are this year’s award recipients:

Lifetime Achievement – Arturo Vega
Art Criticism – Anthony Haden-Guest
Cartoon Illustrator/Punk Historian – John Holmstrom
Community Gardens and Art Shows – Carolyn Ratcliffe
Community Medical Doctor – Dr. David Ores, M.D.
Community Newspaper Event Organizer – Alice Torbush, Chris Flash, Leonard Abrams.
Cultural Facilitator – Brian “Hattie” Butterick
Filmmaking – Sara Driver
Folklore – Steve Zeitlin
Music – Chris Rael, Samoa Moriki
Photography – David Godlis, Marcia Resnick, Q. Sakamaki, Stanley Stellar
Performance – Penny Arcade
Photography – Kate Simon
Poetry – Eliot Katz
Tattoo History – Michael McCabe
Tattoo Art – Nick Bubash, Mike Bakaty
Writer – Puma Perl
Visionaries & Creative Inspirers – Dick Zigun, Rev. Richard Ryler, Shiv Mirabito, Zia Ziprin
Video – Pat Ivers, Emily Armstrong
Visual Art – Antony Zito, Curt Hoppe, Ethan Minsker, James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook

The awards were named after Kathy Acker, the novelist and performance artist. HOWL! Happening is located at 6 East 1st St. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free. Here’s the Facebook invite.

“Clayton Patterson Outside In” at HOWL! Arts Through Aug. 14

“13 Portals” Project Comes to Clayton Patterson Gallery

If you’ve walked past Clayton Patterson’s gallery on Essex Street in the past week, you’ve probably noticed a new art work on the front door.

Clayton Patterson’s Tompkins Square Riot Video Screens Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night, there will be a screening of Clayton Patterson’s 1988 “Tompkins Square Police Riot” video at the Anthology Film Archives.  The complete three hour version has rarely been shown in public. 

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Here’s this month’s editorial cartoon from Evan Forsch, first published in the June issue of The Lo-Down’s print magazine.  (Click to enlarge.)

Soho House Goes before CB3 Tonight; More Opinions From Patterson, Dwellers

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139 Ludlow Street. Image supplied by Soho House.

Tonight’s the night Soho House presents its plan for expansion on the Lower east Side before Community Board 3’s SLA Committee.  The proposal was first floated in February. The private members’ club postponed the application for a full liquor permit at 139 Ludlow Street twice in recent months.  There were numerous open houses inside the former funeral home and an offer to create a community space in the basement.

In the past several days, a high profile Soho House supporter, LES documentarian Clayton Patterson, softened his endorsement of the club somewhat. In his column in the Villager, Patterson wrote that Soho House is the “lesser of what could be so much worse.”  By this, he means that the building could become a boisterous night club or restaurant masquerading as night club, like so many other Lower East Side nightlife venues.

Photo Roundup: Creative People on the Lower East Side

Corinne Erni. Photos by Clayton Patterson.

Corinne Erni. Photos by Clayton Patterson.

A few photos from the neighborhood by Clayton Patterson.  First, Corinne Erni standing beside the Little Free Library at University Settlement.  Erni is co-director of Artport, a group that initiates “public discourse and exploring opportunities for positive change in regards to environmental issues.” She also manages the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival.

Soho House Pulls Liquor Application at 139 Ludlow

139 Ludlow Street, the possible future home of Soho House on the Lower East Side.

139 Ludlow Street, the possible future home of Soho House on the Lower East Side.

As we have reported, Soho House planned to go before Community Board 3 next month, seeking support for a liquor license at 139 Ludlow Street.   But the operators of the members’ club have decided to take some more time for community outreach before moving forward with their Lower East Side expansion plan, so the liquor application has been withdrawn, for now.

Soho House staff held several open houses the past two weekends inside the former funeral home on Ludlow Street.  Letters were sent to around 1800 residents in the immediate area, explaining the project and inviting people to stop by to check out the plans.   Yesterday afternoon, the community board was notified of the withdrawal.

Clayton Patterson Explains His Support For Soho House

139 Ludlow Street, the possible future home of Soho House on the Lower East Side.

139 Ludlow Street, the possible future home of Soho House on the Lower East Side.

LES Dwellers, a neighborhood group, is stepping up its campaign against Soho House, which has been angling for a liquor license at 139 Ludlow St., the former Nieberg Funeral Home.  You can see their latest missive here (it touches on similar themes covered in an op/ed The Lo-Down published last week).  In a previous article, we mentioned that Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson had decided to support Soho House in its quest to open in this neighborhood.  Last night he sent us a more detailed explanation.  You can read it after the jump.

Clayton Patterson & Friends Celebrate Release of LES Jewish History Project

Clayton Patterson with co-editors and contributors at the launch of “Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side.”

Last week, a group of people with a passion for the Lower East Side came to one of the neighborhood’s most magnificent spaces, the Angel Orensanz Center, for a celebration.  The occasion was the official unveiling of Clayton Patterson’s sweeping three-volume project chronicling Jewish life on the LES.

“Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side,” was edited by Patterson, the neighborhood documentarian, and sociologist Mareleyn Schneider.  It consists of more than 1500 pages and 150 chapters, covering such varied topics as Jewish boxing, Allen Ginsberg, the destruction of LES synagogues and the 2nd Avenue deli. The books were published with the help of a Kickstarter campaign.

Candy Darling Drawings For Sale Tonight at Clayton Patterson’s Gallery

Drawing by Candy Darling; courtesy Clayton Patterson.

Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson has been getting the word out for an interesting show taking place tonight in his Essex Street gallery space.   On display will be 17 drawings, photos and a painting made by Candy Darling, the transgender artist best known for her films with Andy Warhol.

Most of Darling’s work was donated to the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, but close friend Jeremiah Newton discovered there were a few items still in his possession. They’ll be on sale at Patterson’s Outlaw Art Gallery for $700-$1000. Over the years, she was photographed by Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, among others. Darling died in 1974. Newton spoke briefly with the Observer about the collection yesterday.

Clayton’s gallery is located at 161 Essex Street; the show will be open tonight from 7-10.


Scenes from Alan Kaufman’s Recent Reading

Author Alan Kaufman read from his new book, Drunken Angel, at St. Mark’s Bookshop on Tuesday night, and spent some time with friends around the neighborhood. Photo by Clayton Patterson

Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson sent along some photos from a visit with author Alan Kaufman this week. Kaufman , the author of “The Outlaw Bible of American Literature,” read from his new book, Drunken Angel, on Tuesday night at St. Mark’s Bookshop. Clayton sent along some shots of a group of friends who gathered at the home of Grove Press publisher and founder Barney Rosset, and also of a reunion of the “Unbearables,” a group of downtown New York authors who have collaborated on numerous literary projects.

Click through for more photos.

Documentarian Clayton Patterson Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Jewish History Anthology

Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help pay for the publication of his three volume anthology, “Jews, A People’s History of the Lower East Side.”  There’s more information in the video posted here and in the description after the jump.

Clayton Patterson on the “Real LES”

Beginning September 4th Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson will be hosting a series of “Sunday Salons” at the BMW Guggenheim Lab. On the lab’s blog, they’ve posted a video interview with Clayton about the “real LES.”

Sunday Screening: Hip Hop on the LES at Clayton Patterson’s Gallery

Kevin and Troy Harris. Photo by Clayton Patterson.

Pretty much no one escapes Clayton Patterson’s gallery/studio on Essex Street without having their photo taken. Troy and Kevin Harris were no exception.   But they probably did not mind. Patterson, the ever-present Lower East Side documentarian, is an inspiration to these two filmmakers.   Troy and Kevin, brothers who grew up in the Baruch Houses, have been working on a documentary project of their own — a history of hip hop on the LES. Some of the footage was shot in the 70’s and 80’s. Other interviews were recorded more recently.

On Sunday, they’ll screen a 30 minute preview of the film, “No Place Like Home: The History of Hip Hop in the Lower East Side,” at the Clayton Gallery & Outlaw Art Museum, 161 Essex Street at 2 p.m.  It’s free, but you’ve got to go by the BMW Guggenhein Lab (East Houston & 2nd Street) to pick up tickets.  If you’d like to read more about the doc, there’s a lengthy profile in this week’s edition of the Villager.