The Angel Orensanz Foundation, Inc. invites you all to its new cultural event on occasion of the Orensanz Summer Museum with the presentation of Clayton Patterson’s last work, titled Front Door Book. Patterson has been documenting the neighborhood’s life and its people for more than 20 years, witnessing its utter transformations throughout these last decades. He could be considered as a living institution of New York’s Lower East Side.
“The Front Door photos are a summation of everything I have ever learned. The photos are taken in front of the door at 161 Essex Street, which leads into Clayton Hats, Clayton Gallery and the Outlaw Art Museum. This also happens to be the place I live. The front door represented two things for me: It was the Wall of Fame where I played host to many of the local graffiti writers and it was the background for many of the shots from the Hall of Fame. The period represented is from 1985 to 2002. The vast majority of the photographs were of Hispanics who lived on the Lower East Side. The L.E.S. in the ’80s and into the ’90s was not the hip place it is today. For the most part, the photos were representative of people who lived in the section that outsiders considered dangerous and that was normally out of bounds for those who had no business being there.”
He will be also presenting extracts from previous books such as WILDSTYLE The History of a new Idea (2003), RESISTANCE - A Radical Social and Political History of the Lower East Side (2007) and CAPTURED A Lower East Side Film and Video History (2005).
WILDSTYLE is the suggesting book Clayton Patterson presents us. Its title is a clear reference of what we are going to find inside. Published in Vienna and edited by him, it is a collaboration work with the photographer Elsa Rensaa and Michael Auer and the designers Scan Vazquez, Alexander „Xutsch” Preisch, and Beate Kolbinger.
RESISTANCE is a collection of writings and images documents the political history of NYC’s Lower East Side, describing the lives and struggles of the radicals, artists, and immigrants that populated and politicized one of America’s strangest and most beloved neighborhoods. In over fifty chapters, Emma Goldman, Dorothy Day, Christopher Mele, John Macmillan, Jim Feast, Al Orensanz, Allan Antliff, Lynn Stewart, Thomas McEvilly, Frank Morales, and many others cover topics ranging from the early settlement houses and sweatshops to squatters, rioters, artists, activists and organizers. Seven Stories Press
CAPTURED is the definitive anthology of New York’s underground cinema, in its creators’ own words. New York’s Lower East Side has been a fountain of creativity and art since the early 1950s, a freewheeling bazaar of ideas and artists that has challenged and shaped mainstream culture. Captured tells the story of film and video in the Lower East Side and the East Village through conversations with the artists, as Allen Ginsburg, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Taylor Mead, and Jonas Mekas.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more info and directions to the event, please visit www.orensanz.org