6sqft’s ongoing series The Urban Lens invites photographers to share work exploring a theme or a place within New York City. In this installment, Ira Fox takes us back in time to the East Village of the ’90s. Are you a photographer who’d like to see your work featured on The Urban Lens? Get in touch with us at [email protected].
Ira Fox is best known for his use of black-and-white photography and cinematic approach, credited to his background in theater. He focuses on urban New York scenes and portraits, one example of which is his series “Wigstock at the Palladium.” Wigstock was the annual Labor Day drag music festival in the East Village that was co-founded by Lady Bunny and hosted the likes of Crystal Waters, RuPaul, and Leigh Bowery in the ’80s and ’90s. In his shots, which were taken outside the famed Palladium nightclub, Ira captures the diverse characters who partook in the jubilant event during the ’90s.
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In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers!
Battle through the end of summer heat by flexing your art muscles. The London Police lads present a new body of work at the art-friendly Quin Hotel, while curator Alfredo Martinez explores philosophies of Picasso at Amy Li Projects. Artist in residence Tracy O’Neill shares her progress at Mathew Gallery, and the Morbid Anatomy Museum explores Twin Peaks for a unique evening. All aboard the legendary drag festival Wigstock, which takes to the high seas this Friday. Mr. Brainwash comes to town for a massive Chelsea show, and Midnight Radio Show treats Bushwick to an evening of fairytales and puppets. Finally, bring a blanket to the beautiful Socrates Sculpture Park for a night of South American music, cuisine, and film.
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