Martha Cooper and John Ahearn “KIDS”

Dorian Grey Gallery

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Friends and artistic collaborators John Ahearn and Martha Cooper capture the creative spirit of kids on the gritty streets of the Lower East Side and the Bronx

In hommage to Martha Cooper and her perfect 70’s photo series Street Play, John Ahearn is presenting Walton Avenue Kids. In the 80’s, Ahearn, in collaboration with Rigoberto Torres regularly used the sidewalk in front of his building as a life casting studio and a display of all the neighborhood portraits. This was especially exciting during summer Block Parties with DJs and crowds of people. Unlike most parts of NYC, many neighborhoods in the Bronx now have the same families as they did thirty years ago. In 2008, Walton had a reunion Block Party. John Ahearn set up casts from the 80’s and life cast the cousin of his old friend Raymond Garcia. Martha Cooper was present to beautifully capture the mood. For the installation Walton Avenue Kids, all the 80’s casts of kids (seen in context in Martha Cooper’s photos) will be arranged at the Dorian Grey Gallery.



from September 10, 2015 to October 04, 2015

Opening Reception on 2015-09-10 from 18:00 to 20:00

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