Redefining the Role of the Artist
“The Real Estate Show” Slideshow and Commentary
“It’s worse than we could have ever imagined”, artist Peggy Lynn remarked on Friday night at the re-opening of the 1980 “The Real Estate Show.” Then, the neighborhood was broken down and filled with drug dealers and thug landlords; now it’s an upscale corporate development. This is worse.
But whatever you think of the changes to the Lower East Side, things have more or less come full circle since the 1980 “Real Estate Show”, in which Colab and various neighborhood artists broke into a locked building at 125 Delancey Street to protest the city’s policy of sustained neglect. (Full story here). That site on 125 Delancey Street will soon become one of the several SPURA/Essex Crossing mega developments.”
Read the rest of the article here courtesy Hyperallergic
Cover image: Rendering of the proposed Warhol Museum as part of the SPURA/Essex Crossing development (Image courtesy of http://untappedcities.com)
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