At the new gallery Site/109 on Norfolk Street recently, the photographer William John Kennedy and his lovely wife Marie, now advanced in age, walked me through an extraordinary collection of Mr. Kennedy’s prints on view for the exhibit Before They Were Famous: Behind The Lens of William John Kennedy running through May 29. They were telling me the story of how they met and came to photograph Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana as emerging American artists.
What more can we ask for but a good old fashion examination of SEX DUIS and VIDEOTAPE? That’s what Site/109 must have thought when they booked this show, running through Sunday, in their newly anointed LES space. Dumbo-based curator Claire Breukel was on hand at the opening reception to give me a short tour of the deceptively spacious pop up space run by social media and publicity mavens Meryl Weinsaft Cooper and Helen Allen.
Thanks to all the French intellectuals roaming around Brooklyn these days, the Walls & Bridges series delivered to our door many talented young francophones including the cast of the musical Please Kill Me, based on the popular book, an oral history of punk. Read our review and watch video of this one time exclusive performance.
The best thing about Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant is that it is a good idea that was kept alive through dedication, aspiration and motivation. Its storyline and classic rock inspired song numbers are beautifully tongue in cheek, reek of irony, and rolled in delight.
Casey Scieszka and Steven Weinberg were strangers when they met in Morocco as exchange students in 2004. Now, Casey, a writer and native Brooklynite, and Steven, an artist, originally from Maryland, both 27, are Park Slopers–they are enjoying the fruits of their unexpected life path. So what happened between then and now?
“The word ‘Aitai’ means I want to see you or I want to meet you or I miss you. It phonetically sounds the same sounds as ‘I Tie’,” New York-based Japanese visual artist Tomoe Tsutsumi explained to me recently. Tsutsumi … Continued
For the last nine years, artist Trevor Wentworth has made work at studios in Bushwick, Williamsburg, and most recently Carroll Gardens. His third floor studio on Bergen Street is eight feet wide and twelve feet long, just enough room for the bare essentials. It’s here that Wentworth creates his bracingly complex paper sculptures and miniature tabletop installations, which form at the intersection of the physical and metaphorical definitions of the lens.