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May 19: FilmIndie Cinema Club Screening “Kicks”

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Friday, May 19
Doors @ 7, Film @ 8
Admission: $12

Release: September 2016
Directed by: Justin Tipping
Starring: Jahking Guillory, Kofi Siriboe, Mahershala Ali,
Christopher Wallace Jr., Christopher Meyer

Runtime: 80 minutes

We’re proud to welcome FilmIndie Cinema Club for a pop-up screening of Kicks, one of the hidden gems of 2016 and the directorial debut for Justin Tipping. The film sparks a conversation around male masculinity and violence, sneaker culture, and the coming-of-age experience of urban teens. It also beautifully showcases something we don’t often see in film: black male friendship.

Synopsis: An East Bay teen longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy, in hopes of escaping the reality of being poor, picked on and ignored by girls. His prized kicks get snatched soon after he gets them and he embarks on a dangerous quest to get them back.


FilmIndie Cinema Club is a pop-up screening series aimed at (re)introducing audiences to must-see independent and cult black cinema. We screen the classics that you loved, the hidden gems that you missed, and the new releases that you need to see! Our mission is to provide a platform for discovering, elevating, and celebrating films created by, for, and about black people across the diaspora.

May 5: Rebel Women Remember the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

ca. 1916, Manhattan, New York, New York, USA --- Female garment workers striking on May Day fashion a neglige as a banner. ca. 1916, New York City. --- Image by © CORBIS

ca. 1916, Manhattan, New York, New York, USA — Female garment workers striking on May Day fashion a negligee as a banner. ca. 1916, New York City. — Image by © CORBIS

A fundraiser for the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition
Friday, May 5, 7-9 PM
Online Admission: $7/$5 Reliquary Members
Door Admission: $10/$8 Reliquary Members


Join us at the closing of our front-room exhibition of Robin Berson’s Triangle Fire Memorial Quilt, for an evening of remembrance through performance, poetry, and song. This event takes place in the week of May Day, International Workers’ Day.


Event Program

Robin Berson: A presentation on the Triangle Fire Memorial Quilt

Bracha Nechama Bomze: Reading of the Triangle Fire segment from her book-length poem, Love Justice

Phyllis Capello: Telling the story of how she came to write her prizewinning poem: Factory Girls, Bangkok followed by performing a song inspired by the young women who perished in the Triangle fire.

Paola Corso: Reading from Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing.

Annie Rachele Lanzillotto:  Performing her iconic songs Ballad of Joe Zito (elevator operator at the Triangle Factory) and Girls Girls, Where Did You Work Last Night? 

LuLu LoLo: Performing an excerpt from her play Soliloquy for a Seamstress: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and Rose Schneiderman’s historic speech of April 2, 1911

Mary Anne Trasciatti:  Reading a brief excerpt from the autobiography of the original Rebel Girl, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

April 28: Potluck with Reboot & Beyond Bubbie

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Admission Variable (See below)

The City Reliquary welcomes the Reboot initiative Beyond Bubbie for an informal Shabbat-style potluck dinner and storytelling event.

Celebrate the rich, diverse narratives of New York City food culture through a dinner in the Reliquary garden. Share tales of your grandmother’s casseroles, your favorite bodega bacon-egg-and-cheese, or your go-to dim sum spot. Marinate in stories from neighbors spanning boroughs and generations while noshing on dishes from kitchens in all corners of the city.

Potluck participants should bring a food that evokes a memory. All guests are invited to bring a prop, poem, or song–something non-edible to facilitate sharing a story with the group.

Scared to share? Contact Zoe Penina Baker from Reboot for help workshopping your story.

Admission:
If bringing a dish: $2 online/$5 at door. You must have the dish with you for entry at this price.

General admission: $9 online/$12 at door

City Reliquary members: $7 online/$10 at door

Online tickets available through Artfully.

This event is part of the public programs for the current Reliquary exhibition Heroes of the Knish. This show explores the intersections of memory, food culture, and the immigrant history of New York City.


About Reboot:

Reboot affirms the value of Jewish traditions and creates new ways for people to make them their own.

Inspired by Judaism’s embrace of the arts, humor, food, philosophy, and social justice, we produce creative projects that spark the interest of young Jews and the larger community. Among our productions are events, exhibitions, recordings, books, films, DIY activity toolkits, and apps.

Since our inception, 480 network members, 700 organizational partners, and hundreds of thousands of people have looked to Reboot to rekindle connections and re-imagine Jewish lives full of meaning, creativity, and joy.

Projects include The National Day of Unplugging/Sabbath ManifestoThe FRIDAY AppThe Kibitz Podcast10QreBarSix-Word Memoirs on Jewish LifeBeyond Bubbie, and Unscrolled.

 

April 22: Visible Poetry Project Screening

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Saturday, April 22 @ 7 PM
Artfully: $7/$5 Reliquary members
Door: $10/$8 Reliquary members

To inaugurate the new season of outdoor events in the Reliquary’s beautiful back yard, and in honor of National Poetry Month, we proudly welcome the Visible Poetry Project! See collaborative short films by select poets and filmmakers under the stars in the Reliquary garden.

Visible Poetry Project Trailer from Visible Poetry Project on Vimeo.

Discounted tickets online through Artfully! Admission will be slightly higher at the door.

The Visible Poetry Project is a non-profit National Poetry Month initiative bringing together a collective of thirty poets and thirty filmmakers to create videos that present poems as short films. Drawing from works created by renowned and emerging poets alike, the Visible Poetry Project strives to make poetry accessible, exploring how we can recreate and experience poems through the medium of film. The Visible Poetry Project releases visual poems daily throughout National Poetry Month (April) on their website.

Featuring poems by:
Sojourner Ahebee
Rabih Ahmed
Lena Blackmon
Peggy Ellsberg
Caroline Kaplan
Ilana Simons
Matt van Sol
In shorts directed by:
Michael Arce
Sarah Doody
Alexandra Galvis
Arya Liev
Reva Santo
Ilana Simons
Waley Wang

City Reliquary on WPIX “I Am Brooklyn”

Joe Mauceri of WPIX interviewed City Reliquary Founder Dave Herman for a segment on I Am Brooklyn . Hear Dave talk about the history, collection, and mission of the museum.

Collectors’ Night 2017 Recap

Collectors’ Night 2017 was a huge success! Last Saturday, nearly 300 people come to The New York City Fire Museum to see over 30 collectors show diverse collections ranging from Beanie Boos to business cards for Chicago street gangs. Guest speaker Miriam Sicherman presented her Closet Archaeology project she has worked on with her 4th-grade students, and LuLu LoLo performed her collector obituary monologues.

Check out the pics below. Thanks again to the sponsors for this event: The New York City Fire Museum, Two Boots Pizza, and Brooklyn Brewery. See you next year!

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Collectors’ Night on NY1

Roger Clark from NY1 visited us to talk about Collectors’ Night with Reliquary Founders Dave Herman and Bill Scanga. Collectors Brandon Johnson, Miriam Sicherman, and Harley Judd Spiller showed some of their collections, and a few of the City Reliquary kid collectors made an appearance too!

Roger Clark of NY1 visited us to talk about Collectors’ Night!

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Jumpin’ Jive: Vintage Musical Shorts

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Friday, April 14 @ 7 PM
$10/$8 Reliquary members

Brooklyn-based film/video archivist Russell Scholl returns to the Reliquary with a program of musical shorts both ecstatic and sublime. See vintage jazz, pop, country and gospel performances through shorts, Soundies, and television and film appearances ranging from the late 1920s to the early 21st century. Join us for some of the rarest and finest examples of 20th-century popular music.

Run time: 80 minutes, with one intermission. Tickets available at the door and online through Artfully.


Russell Scholl is a Brooklyn-based film/video archivist and curator who screens moving image programs on a wide variety of subjects (the history of animation; early jazz shorts; educational and propaganda films, etc.) at venues in and around New York City. Working with the multimedia collective rev.99, his own video work has been screened at Anthology Film Archives in New York and The Hirshhorn Gallery in Washington, D.C. He is known for having produced a compact disc by noted American folk artist Howard Finster, “The Night Howard Finster Got Saved” (Global Village Music), and he appeared in the 2007 PBS television documentary “Soundies: A Musical History.”

The Triangle Waist Factory Fire Memorial Quilt

To commemorate the 106th anniversary of the Triangle Waist Factory Fire, The City Reliquary will display Robin Berson’s memorial quilt in its front room exhibition space until May 2017.

The Triangle Waist Factory Fire
On Saturday, March 25, 1911, at 4:45 pm, almost closing time, a fire broke out on the 8th floor of the Triangle Waist Company located one block east of Washington Square Park at Washington Place and Greene Street. The owners had locked the doors to the stairwells and exits to prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks and to reduce theft. Fire escapes collapsed by the weight of the workers dropping them to their deaths. Workers on the 10th floor were warned by telephone and escaped to the roof. No one warned the workers on the 9th floor. A locked exit door trapped the workers on the 9th floor. Surrounded by flames many of the workers jumped to their death. Fire trucks arrived but their ladders only reached the 6th floor and the rescue nets could not hold the force of the bodies jumping from such a height. The heroic elevator operators ran the elevators as long as they could as workers pressed into the cars; some tumbled down the elevator shaft. In the end, 146 people died.

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The Triangle Fire—and the memorial quilt—represent an appalling moment in history, but one that drew an intelligent, far-reaching reform response across America. The fire became a rallying cry for the international labor movement and resulted in numerous state and national workplace reforms. Many of our fire safety laws were created in response to this tragic event. That is the history we must keep alive, for the sake of every working person in the country (and, in this globalized world, every worker everywhere). The need is greater than ever.

The Memorial Quilt

The Triangle Factory Fire Memorial quilt is one of two quilts in the series Workers Memorial Quilts created by quilter, author, and historian Robin Berson. The two quilts honor garment workers who died in twin workplace disasters that bookended the past century: the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911 and the Tazreen fire and Rana Plaza collapse of 2012 and 2013 in Bangladesh.

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Conceived, Designed, and Sewn: Robin Berson
Contributors: Sandra Cain, Donna Choi, Deanna Gates, Pauline Hazard, Genevieve Hitchings, Maureen Hyslop, Jennifer Merz, Rena Rappaport, and Lea Williams Rose

To make this quilt, Robin Berson put out a call to a number of quilters’ guilds, assorted artists’ circles—and quite a few women. The quilt includes blocks by four quilter’s guild members: Sandra Cain, Pauline Hazard, Maureen Hyslop, and Rena Rappaport; two members of Robin’s knitters’ circle: Lea Williams Rose and Deanna Gates; and three students from an FIT class on illustration: Donna Choi, Jennifer Merz, and Genevieve Hitchings.  Robin created the rest of the blocks herself, in some cases working from old family portraits and archival photos, but in most cases tinkering elaborately with enlarged images from small photos in 110-year-old newspaper clippings.

In addition to the factory worker victims, the quilt also depicts the two heroic elevator operators, Joey Zito and Gaspare Mortilalo; and the African American porter, Thomas Horton.

Texts on the quilt include passages from beloved labor songs and quotes from notable American figures on the rights of workers—from Frederick Douglass to Dwight Eisenhower to Myles Horton—plus a listing of all the victims’ names.

The memorial quilts have been displayed at numerous small museums and galleries in New York City; the Cathedral of St. John the Divine; Iona College; the Virginia Arts of the Book Center, through the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. In March 2015 they were featured at the conference of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, hosted by Fordham Law School. For International Women’s Day 2016 they were part of a day-long presentation on the Triangle Fire at Hofstra University. The Triangle Quilt is featured in the book Quilts and Human Rights, with a foreword by Desmond Tutu.

For more information see:
www.rememberthetrianglefire.org
http://www.workermemorialquilts.org/

Collectors’ Night 2017

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Collectors’ Night 2017
New York City Fire Museum, 278 Spring Street, NY, NY
Saturday, April 8 @ 5 PM
Online admission: $7/$5 Reliquary or Fire Museum members
Door admission: $10/$8 Reliquary or Fire members
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The City Reliquary Museum is proud to present its annual Collectors’ Night on Saturday, April 8 at the New York City Fire Museum. Collectors’ Night celebrates one of the quirkier cultural practices of everyday New Yorkers. Every year, artists, packrats, and other unusual archivists gather to show off their collections. Displays range from the charming and quotidian to the intriguingly morbid. Special presentations by guest speakers focus on a specific area of collecting.


Collectors’ Night 2017 Guest Speakers:

Schoolteacher Miriam Sicherman of the “Closet Archeology” project will discuss the early 20th-century debris found by her 4th graders under the floorboards of their 1913 NYC public school. See coverage from the New York Times.

Mike Zohn of Obscura Antiques & Oddities will discuss his collection of original artwork from 1960s & ’70s Mexican comic books.

And a special performance from artist and activist LuLu LoLo of the Where Are The Women Monuments project. LuLu will perform two short monologues drawn from the obituaries of Elizabeth Tashjian, founder of The Nut Museum, and Hugh Hicks, whose massive light bulb collection formed the Mount Vernon Museum of Incandescent Lighting.

This year collections:

  • Industrial Revolution and Mechanical Era ephemera from Museum of Interesting Things. With interactive demonstrations.
  • Rare maps, books and photos chronicling the history of Queens from Jason Antos
  • Coca-Cola ephemera from David Argov
  • 100 years of paper, cardboard and self-playing ephemeral records from Michael Cumella aka Phonograph DJ MAC. Some records will be played on site.
  • 12 reproduction mechanical banks from Georgine and Bill Eberight. Includes coin demos.
  • Vintage cartoon decals, illustrated aprons, cocktail napkins, and more comic ephemera from Gabe Fowler of Desert Island Comics
  • Business cards of Chicago gangs from the 1970s & ’80s from Brandon Johnson. Brandon’s collection of gang “compliment cards” has been published as Thee Almighty & Insane. The book has been reviewed by Vice.
  • Preserved insects from Jamison Heldrich
  • Beach and sea glass collected in New York from Emily Kawasaki
  • Vintage hats & handkerchiefs from artist and activist LuLu LoLo
  • Found fishing lures and metal tins from different countries from Gail Mitchell
  • Road maps from Alex Schneider
  • Classic educational filmstrips from Jonathan Sims. With projection of some strips.
  • Collections of rock collections acquired from friends, family, states, and geological societies from artist Ben Sisto
  • 1950s lady head vases from Lisa and Nina Skriloff
  • Star Wars items, mounted mini orchids, and wheat pennies from Mike Smith
  • Mid-century desk lamps from Ronda J. Smith and Adrien Blanc
  • WWII family ephemera and vintage potato ads from Harley Spiller, aka Inspector Collector
  • Archival 16mm vintage cartoons by Tommy Stathes of Cartoons on Film. Screenings throughout the night.
  • Over 100 1:64-scale police, fire and emergency vehicles, with many international police cars and rare items from Corgi, Solido, Siku, Matchbox, Hot Wheels and Tomica, from Jeremy Willinger
  • And the City Reliquary Kid Collectors! Featuring the collection of “O” shapes from Opal Herman, the geisha doll collection of Rosie Herman, the miniature action figures of Gwen Rosenstein, and the Beanie Boo & Pokemon collection of Olive Scanga!

Event Schedule

5:00-5:30: DJ music by Nigel; Pizza by Two Boots & Beer by Brooklyn Brewery (by donation); time to browse collections

5:30-6:00: Introduction to CN by CR President Bill Scanga; Round 1 of Rapid-Fire Show-n-Tell

6:00-6:15Intermission

6:15-7:15: Speakers: Miriam Sicherman’s Closet Archeology; LuLu LoLo performance; Mike Zohn’s Mexican Comic Art

7:15-7:30: Second Intermission

7:30- 8:00: Round 2 of Rapid-Fire Show-n-Tell Closing remarks by CR Director Dave Herman

Refreshments courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery and Two Boots Pizza!

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Tickets through Artfully, $7/$5 for City Reliquary or Fire Museum members. Become a Reliquary member todayAdmission at the door will be $10/$8 Reliquary and Fire Museum members. Buy online and save!

Check out a few pics from Collectors’ Night 2016, and see more on our Facebook page.

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