Arts Watch: “All Together Different,” a Sweeping Local Survey, to Open at Manny Cantor Center

Shadow Head by Richard Hambleton

A fantastic and wide-reaching gallery show, “ALL | TOGETHER | DIFFERENT,” featuring close to 100 different local artists as well as organizations, will open at the Manny Cantor Center this Thursday from 7p – 9p.  The exhibit, curated by Linda Griggs and Yona Verwer, sets out to prove that contrary to popular belief, the Lower East Side art scene is still alive and kicking. The press release notes:

On view will be paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, prints, installation, and video from artists aged 29 to 92, including Kiki Smith, Roger Welch, Richard Hambleton, Kim Keever, Kembra Pfahler, Rick Prol, Jim Radakovich, James Romberger, Anton Van Dalen, Marc Kehoe, David Sandlin, Judith Simonian, Hans Witschi, Susannah Coffey, and Marguerite Van Cook.

“We are excited to bring together the artists and organizations of the Lower East Side with work that ranges from minimalism to radical archiving, by those who set the tone for expressive freedom and the subsequent arrivals who inherited a culture that was unique to the area,” said Linda Griggs, co-curator, with Yona Verwer, of the exhibition.

“Although we lost many neighborhood artists to the AIDS epidemic, to drugs, and to rising rents, many stayed, fought for tenant rights for themselves and their neighbors, created communities, kept the spirit and attracted the next wave of artists who inherited the disjointed, yet allied individuality,” continued Griggs.

The exhibition will be held on the occasion of the grand re-opening of the Educational Alliance Art School at the Manny Cantor Center following a building-wide renovation. The school, which has offered high-quality instruction in the visual arts for nearly a century, is now entering a new era with renewed educational offerings, a refined vision for programming, and a commitment to serving a great diversity of students.

Throughout the decades, millions of people who have arrived and made a home on the often messy and tumultuous Lower East Side also found a safe place; an odd and wonderful place where they could be individuals — but they weren’t alone.

“For artists, the Lower East Side has always been a neighborhood where you could do as you pleased – with your art, with your life. This show pays tribute to the countless artists who have made and continue to make the Lower East Side an epicenter of creativity and of art,” said Emily Aldredge, Director of the Educational Alliance Art School.

ALL | TOGETHER | DIFFERENT, will be on view at the Ernest Rubenstein and Jewish Communal Galleries at the Manny Cantor Center at 197 East Broadway from February 12 – April 1, 2015. RSVP for the opening reception here.

Sponsored Post: One-Day Exhibition of New Sculptures by Paweł Althamer This Thursday

"Pawel Althamer: The Neighbors," 2014. Exhibition view: New Museum. Photo: Benoit Pailley

“Pawel Althamer: The Neighbors,” 2014. Exhibition view: New Museum. Photo: Benoit Pailley

One-Day Exhibition of New Sculptures Made On-Site by Paweł Althamer & Collaborators

Since the opening of Paweł Althamer’s “The Neighbors” in February, Althamer has worked in partnership with a range of artists, friends, and collaborators to create sixteen new sculptures. During this period, Althamer also ran sculpture and film workshops with neighbors and a group from the Bowery Mission. Together, they will present a one-day exhibition of the new works on Thursday April 17, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., in the New Museum’s storefront space at 231 Bowery. In addition, a number of artworks by Althamer’s collaborator, Malian master sculptor Youssouf Dara, will also be on view. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Second and Fourth Floor exhibits will remain on view through April 20, 2014.

"Pawel Althamer: The Neighbors," 2014. Exhibition view: New Museum. Photo: Jesse Untracht-Oakner

“Pawel Althamer: The Neighbors,” 2014. Exhibition view: New Museum. Photo: Jesse Untracht-Oakner

ALSO COMING UP: Visitors Can Take Home a Piece of Draftsmen’s Congress from April 23–27

Draftsmen’s Congress—the collective painting project that has been evolving on the Fourth Floor—will come to a close on Sunday April 20. Over the course of the past ten weeks, the blank white space of the New Museum’s Fourth Floor gallery has been transformed through the gradual accumulation of drawings and paintings by thousands of Museum visitors and ninety invited community organizations, including school and adult education groups, hobbyists, political activists, and many other formal and informal organizations. From Wednesday April 23 through Sunday April 27, Draftsmen’s Congress will be disassembled during the Museum’s public hours: the painted walls will be cut up and distributed to visitors for free.

For more information, click here.

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You’re Invited: “Our Lower East Side” Group Show Opens Tonight

We can’t wait to celebrate the art work from these emerging artists based in and around our Lower East Side community.

Celebrate Armory Arts Week on the LES Next Sunday

Lower East Side galleries will be celebrating Armory Arts Week next Sunday and the LES BID has mapped out a way for you to enjoy the festivities via a “Lower East Side Gallery Stroll.”  Over 50 galleries will be hosting events in the neighborhood from 12p – 6pm.  The Lower East Side Gallery Stroll is a free event that is open to the public. RSVP is not required.

Gallery Goer: What to See This Week

Les Rogers, July 1st.

Heading into the dog days of summer, Half Gallery presents the aptly entitled show “Summer Swells” opening tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Swells” is Les Rogers’ ethereal collection of oil and stain in wood.

Gallery Goer: What to See This Week

Lonni-Nelson Shanks

Light and Form, a group exhibition of artists who are part of Studio Incamminati opens today at Dacia Gallery. The Philadelphia school was founded by painter Nelson Shanks who is known for portrait commissions that include Princess Diana, President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Pope John Paul II.

Miranda-Robin Frey

The exhibition showcases the works of artists who focus on realism ranging from still lives to figures and portraits. The portraits are vivid and nearly combustible—detailed and life-like. Think of them as photographic moments. There is, it would seem, a lot of work involved in making this lovely magic.

Gallery Goer: What to See This Week

Shane LaVancher’s Creatures at Orchard Windows Gallery.

Creatures, Shane LaVancher’s series of stunning and highly composed black and white photographs, are on view at Orchard Windows Gallery. Dino Eli, who runs the gallery, has a knack for choosing artists who will get under your skin and LaVancher is no exception.

Gallery Goer: What to See This Week

Leah Dixon-PEACH BOMB, PEACH BOMB, 2011

Toomer labzda celebrates its 1st year anniversary today with the opening of year one, a group show comprised of artists who have shown at the gallery.  Joe Brittain, Blue Curry, Leah Dixon, Kate Steciw and Mia Taylor each present a piece that somehow incorporates paper, a traditional first anniversary gift. Helen Toomer, co-founder of the gallery, enthusiastically explained each artist’s approach at an opening reception last night.

Gallery Goer: What to See This Week

Lily, Ellen Jong.

You can always count on Allegra LaViola Gallery for unusual work that gets people chattering. So expect no less from the gallery’s latest show The Invisible Line, a solo exhibition of new work by Ellen Jong curated by Mr. and Mrs. Amani Olu. Also, consider the fact that many of the photographs included in the show appeared in Jong’s book “Getting To Know My Husband’s Cock”.

With that piece of information squared away, we should also note that Ellen isn’t related to the writer Erica Jong (“Fear of Flying”) or Erica’s daughter, the writer Molly Jong-Fast.

Gallery Goer: What to See This Week

Ryan McGinness-Women: Blacklight Paintings and Sculptures. Photo by Stephen P. Smith.

If you’re a fan of blacklight paintings, head over to Charles Bank Gallery where Ryan McGinness debuts a brilliant solo exhibition called Women: Blacklight Painting and Sculptures. The colorful fluorescent works are truly eye-popping and magnetic. Trust me—they’re mesmerizing. The blacklight paintings feature sculptural elements that incorporate drawings from McGinness’ sketch process.

Allegra LaViola is Hosting a Class Struggle Social Club Event Tomorrow and You’re Invited

Allegra LaViola (179 E. Broadway) will be hosting a fun event with the art collective Class Struggle tomorrow from noon – 8 p.m.  Her gallery will be turned in to a “street market performance,” featuring re-imagined designs printed on apparel, textile and other goods. There will be community TV viewing in the back yard (a la Third World countries–outdoor TV viewing) and refreshments to boot. The event is open to the public and LaViola encourages you to “stop by anytime!”

Gallery Goer: What to See This Week

Moyna Flannigan, Femme (Scarlet) at Dodge Gallery

Gallery Goer is a weekly column featuring not-to-be-missed gallery shows on the LES. Have a fun, art-inspired week!

Opening May 19 at Dodge Gallery is Twisted Sisters, a highly eclectic show that includes painting, sculpture, video, installation, prints, mixed media and performance art. Curated by Kristen Dodge and Janet Phelps, the show features works by women artists whose subjects are women.

Summer Wheat-Scratchpad at Dodge Gallery

Dino Eli, Owner-Curator, Provocateur, Settles In

Dino Eli, owner and curator of both Dino Eli Gallery and Orchard Windows Gallery. Photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis for The Lo-Down

One day this fall, I was meandering south down gallery dotted Orchard Street. and bumped into Dino Eli. I found him doing his customary ritual dance—floating between the eponymous Dino Eli Gallery and Orchard Windows Gallery, a tiny space just steps away. Eli is the founder and curatorial director of both spaces.

Equal parts impresario and provocateur, he created a stir in May when his Windows Gallery mounted a show dubbed “Porno Paintings” that some LES parents complained about (the gallery is across the street from P.S. 42).

Gallery Hop: Lesley Heller Workspace & James Fuentes

David Storey - Old Turtle, 2009 oil on canvas 16" x 20" - at Leslies Heller Workspace through Nov. 27th, 2011 (photo courtesy of Leslie Heller)

Lower East Side galleries including Lesley Heller Workspace and James Fuentes debuted provocative new shows last night.

Lesley Heller’s Head Case makes a case for crazy. Curated by painter and guest curator Laurel Farrin, Head Case posits that madness isn’t so bad really, affirming what we’ve known all along: Being a little off-kilter stirs the imagination, invites strange machinations and stimulates creative visions all of which, by the way, open the possibility for transformation. Occasionally, it’s been harnessed to produce great art. Farrin plays with the double meaning of head case -– it’s a term coined to cover a crazy person, yes, but also is used to describe the part of a chrysalis that covers a developing insect’s head. (We didn’t know that…!)

Project For Empty Space Opens Tomorrow at 181 Stanton St.

Project for Empty Space (PES) is holding the opening for their fall project tomorrow evening from 6-8pm.  PES is a non-profit organization founded in September 2010 that is “dedicated to bringing contemporary art out of its traditional ‘high-brow’ places and into abandoned and unusual urban spaces.” They are popping up in the  city-owned lot at 181 Stanton Street. Their hope is “to foster community building and education through the development of interactive public art.”