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Art Handling Olympics Storm the LES

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If you’ve noticed our art postings flourishing over the last few weeks, it’s thanks to our newest intern and arts contributor, Ashlie Cotton.  Ashlie recently visited the Ramiken Crucible Gallery on E. Broadway for a video interview with artist Shane Caffrey about an exciting and creative community event coming up in March.

The Olympic Committee: left to right - Mike Egan, Ted Riederer, Nicholas Brooks, Jason Losh, and Shane Caffrey. Photo by Allison Bosworth

A group of unsung heroes is rallying for a highly anticipated event, The Art Handling Olympics, coming to Ramiken Crucible Gallery on March 21st. WHAT exactly is an Art Handler, you ask? Well, he or she is the invisible pair of hands behind every piece of art that is packaged, transported and installed in galleries and museums throughout the city.

Art handler Shane Caffrey is one of the organizers and the main motivational force behind the games. He says he just wanted to create a fun, community event where art handlers could come together and “throw down” for a series of physically and mentally excruciating challenges that spotlight the absurdity and seriousness of their jobs (to be followed by a “monster party,” of course). Sixteen qualifying teams, with names like The Well Hung and District of Annihilation, will be dressed for the occasion, chalk full of team spirit, traversing a Lower East Side obstacle course –all in the name of art – art hanging, that is.  In the video below, Caffrey gives us the inside scoop:

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