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Nov. 12: Opening Reception for NYC Trash! Past, Present, & Future

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Join us for a brunch reception on Sunday, November 12 at noon to celebrate the opening of NYC Trash! Past, Present, & Future. The $5 admission include complimentary coffee courtesy of Oslo Coffee Roasters and light refreshments.

This exhibition runs from November 2, 2017 to April 29, 2018 and presents the stories behind New York’s solid waste, from “one man’s garbage is another man’s gold” to the inventive ways New Yorkers are reusing and recycling. It traces the trajectory of waste management in New York, from the squalid nineteenth-century tenements documented by Jacob A. Riis, to the Dead Horse Bay landfill and the beginnings of the NYC Department of Sanitation at the turn of the century, and the mid-century landfill of Fresh Kills on Staten Island.

The exhibition culminates in profiles of seven artists and nonprofits that offer innovative ways of considering waste now and in the future:

  • Mierle Laderman Ukeles, whose projects Touch Sanitation Performance, The Social Mirror, and Landing highlight overlooked social aspects of trash disposal
  • Larry Racioppo, NYC 2016 Best Unknown Photographer, whose work focuses on the urban landscape
  • Hack:Trash:NYC, aims for zero waste sent to NYC landfills by 2030. Their 2017 hackathon invites creative solutions to waste management.
  • Industrial/Organic, dedicated to converting organic food waste to high-value resources
  • Lower East Side Ecology Center, a nonprofit that collects electronic waste and separates it for reuse and recycling
  • Materials for the Arts, a nonprofit that collects and distributes art supplies and materials to nonprofit organizations with arts programming and public schools
  • RISE Products, a tech company that turns spent grains from breweries into flour

The exhibition will also explore the role of trash as cultural archive through objects selected from the Treasure in the Trash collection of Nelson Molina. In his thirty years on the job as a DSNY employee, Molina amassed a monumental collection of ephemera picked from the castoffs of everyday New Yorkers. Read more about his museum in this New York Times article.

A display of trash art by a number of local artists will complement the exhibition and will open in the Reliquary sculpture garden on April 5, 2018.

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This exhibition is generously sponsored by:

Jacquelyn Ottman (author of The New Rules of Green Marketing and founder of WeHateToWaste.com)
Sims Municipal Recycling

Sun Bear Media

Here She Is, Miss Subways 2017!!

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The competition was tough, but our celebrity judges ultimately crowned Lisa Levy as Miss Subways 2017! Lisa impressed judges and spectators alike with a touching monologue on how the subway has been a character in her life. And at 61 years old, she’s proud to be the first post-menopausal Miss Subways. Congratulations, Lisa!

See the moment of coronation! (Warning: includes some NSFW language!)

You can see Lisa’s work as ambassador for the NYC underground on her Instagram account, MissSubways2017!

Join us at Market Hotel to #SaveNYCSpaces!

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Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 PM
MARKET HOTEL
1140 MYRTLE AVE, B’KLYN
Free Entry

The City of New York is getting a Nightlife Mayor! Join us and other creative civic heroes from across the city at MARKET HOTEL to tell the Commissioners who decide: #SaveNYCSpaces!

This artist-led event is the only chance for public input before the Night Mayor is chosen. Cultures that inspire the world are born and grow here in NYC’s diverse grassroots spaces. They should be preserved, not targeted nor forced out of existence by the affordability crisis.

Hosted by Anya Sapozhnikova of House of Yes. Speakers include NYC hip-hop legend Kurtis Blow, and City Reliquary Events Coordinator, Molly Cox!

Oct. 14-15: Open House New York Weekend

2017 Weekend Save-the-Date

Enjoy open access to the Reliquary during Open House New York Weekend! We’re offering free admission to the public on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15. This is also your last chance to see our current special exhibition, Closet Archaeology!

Oct. 10: HONK NYC Kickoff Party

Photo credit: Alix Piorun

Photo credit: Alix Piorun


No Cover

Music Starts at 8:30pm

HONK NYC 2017 kicks off in our backyard with an evening of brasstastical antics and shenanigans: all-brass Nirvana covers; New Orleans standards; a renegade parade!

HONK NYC is an annual extravaganza of street bands and spectacle. For one fantastic week each October, HONK NYC presents over a dozen free and ticketed performances in schools, clubs, parks, gardens, galleries and other public spaces across metropolitan New York. Fun, revelry, audience participation and inclusion are the hallmarks of HONK NYC events. The festival brings together musicians and performers from around the globe who share a passion and dedication for playing and preserving the grassroots tradition of brass and percussion music. HONK NYC is a spin-off from the decade-strong, Boston-area HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands, the founding fest of a now multi-city network of HONK’s in the U.S., Brazil and Australia.

Featuring performances by NYC ensembles:

The Nevermind Orchestra
The L Train Brass Band
New Creations Brass Band


About The Nevermind Orchestra:

A phrenetic, psycho-jazz-grunge ensemble that reimagines the works of Nirvana through the lens of a modern brass band. Comprised of accomplished NYC musicians who have played with prestigious ensembles ranging from the Metropolitan Opera to the Commodores to Bruce Springsteen, the group has been leading grunge second-line marches on the stages, streets, and subways of the northeast since 2012. All of the classic Nirvana staples as well as some of their lesser-known covers and deep cuts receive a fresh but instantly recognizable overhaul with elements from funk-rock to blues to reggae to bhangra — but each is delivered with the same raw emotion displayed by Kurt, Krist, and Dave back in the day. As Time Out New York touts, “There’s no shortage of Nirvana cover bands floating around, but none are quite like the Nevermind Orchestra.'”
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About The L Train Brass Band:
Founded by tubist Ryan Hall and trombonist David Joseph in March 2017, The L Train Brass Band quickly grew from a small, second-line brass band interest group on Meetup.com to a thriving community of nearly 40 contributing members. In June, they won honorable mention for Best Music Group at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. This rotating, ragtag ensemble is excited by the opportunity to play anywhere and everywhere, covering a wide variety of music, from pop and hip-hop to funk and traditional Dixieland jazz to eclectic original charts. No matter where this train ends up, the primary goals are “fun first” and “keeping it weird.” https://www.facebook.com/pg/ltrainbrass

About New Creations Brass Band:
New Creations Brass Band’s talented crew hail from all parts of New Orleans. Brought together by a shared love of making great new music, they’ve studied, played with, and lived around several greats, like Shannon Powell, Shamarr Allen, and Trombone Shorty, and have worked with several other active second-line brass bands in New Orleans. New Creations brings people together with their groovy, funky music, keeping the brass band style and the music of New Orleans alive as well as making new music of their own and sharing it with the universe!www.facebook.com/newcreationsbrass

Oct. 6: Opening reception for Land of the Free

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Land of the Free
October 5 to December 3, 2017
Free Opening Reception Friday, October 6 at 7 PM

Join us for a free reception on Friday, October 6 at 7 PM  to celebrate the opening of Land of the Free. This exhibition in the front room of The City Reliquary captures the daily life of artist Moeinedin Shashaei, a newly immigrated Iranian US resident facing the absurdity of vilification.

The show presents Shashaei’s 90 photographs taken in the 90 days immediately following the signing of Executive Order 13769, entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry to the United States” and commonly referred to as the “travel ban.” It stands as an homage to all the memories forged by the artist in a city that he loves dearly.

Complimentary light refreshments. Wine and mixed drinks by suggested donation.

About Moeinedin Shashaei:
Moeinedin Shashaei is an Iranian interdisciplinary designer, artist and jeweler currently living and working in New York City. Oscillating between physical and digital contexts he works across different media to explore the limits of poetic interaction.

He received a Master of Fine Arts in Communications Design from Pratt Institute in 2016, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Tehran in 2013.

Oct. 3: Sara Velas on The Velaslavasay Panorama

"Facade of the Velaslavasay Panorama," Photo credit: Forest Casey

“Facade of the Velaslavasay Panorama,” Photo credit: Forest Casey

Sara Velas on The Velaslavasay Panorama
Tuesday, October 3 at 7 PM

Sara Velas, founder of The Velaslavasay Panorama, will present an illustrated lecture on creating and sustaining a small institution in a big city and the projects and programming activities at the Velaslavasay.

Admission: $7 gen.; $5 City Reliquary members & students/faculty w/ID.
Includes one free drink
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All proceeds benefit The Velaslavasay Panorama and The City Reliquary.

The Velaslavasay Panorama is an exhibition hall, theatre, and garden housed in the Union Theatre (1910), one of the earliest purpose-built cinemas in the city of Los Angeles. Drawing on the illustrious history of the great panorama paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries, it is dedicated to the production and presentation of unusual multi-sensory, immersive experiences with a focus on early cinematic phenomena. The Velaslavasay Panorama presents an ongoing series of illustrated lectures, traditional & experimental music and theatrical presentations that defy categorization.

"Effulgence of the North" Photo credit: Velaslavasay Panorama

“Effulgence of the North” Photo credit: Velaslavasay Panorama

Since its founding in the year 2000, the Velaslavasay has housed the only 360-degree panorama viewing hall in the West. In September of 2017, the Velaslavasay Panorama retired its Effulgence of the North panorama (on view for 10 years) in preparation for their next panoramic installation and held “The Last Arctic Show” in celebration – the first and last ever variety show dedicated to the retirement of an arctic panorama.

About Sara Velas:
Sara Velas is an artist, graphic designer, gardener, curator and native Los Angeleno. Velas has traveled around the world to investigate the panoramic art form with a special focus on the contemporary creation of panoramas in Asia. In 2014 she was elected President of the International Panorama Council, which meets annually to discuss the panoramic medium both historically and in a contemporary context. Her work with the Velaslavasay Panorama has been supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the United States National Endowment for the Arts, California Community Foundation, and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, among others. While her work is primarily focused on site at the Velaslavasay Panorama, related projects have been exhibited internationally at venues including the Songwon Art Center in Seoul, Korea and NGBK in Berlin, Germany.

Velas has participated in residency programs at locations around the world including the Cite des Arts in Paris, France and the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts in Indonesia. An avid architectural preservationist, she co-wrote the nomination which gave the USA’s first instance of cultural historic protection to a trailer park – the Monterey Trailer Park of Highland Park. In 1999, Velas received her BFA with a major in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  She was born in Panorama City, California and resides in Los Angeles.

Introducing the 2017 Miss Subways Contestants!

We put out the call, and a fabulous group of civic New Yorkers responded. Here are the contestants who will compete for the title of Miss Subways 2017 on September 28. Each brings something special, but only one will take home the transit tiara.

Tickets on sale now! All proceeds benefit Riders Alliance and The City Reliquary! More event details here.

Let’s meet the contenders…

Don’t miss out on this weird, wonderful, and very New York event in support of the subway system! Get those tickets!
Event details here.

Sept. 14: Blanc et Noir: A Flavorful Evening of French Film, Wine & Pizza

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Join us in the garden on Thursday, September 14th for an evening of iconic black-and-white French film. Blanc et Noir presents A Day in the Country (1936; runtime 40 min.), Jean Renoir’s humanist vignette based on the short story by Guy de Maupassant; and Jean Vigo’s story of youthful rebellion, Zero for Conduct (1933; runtime 44 min.).

The monochromatic theme extends to a menu of hand-picked pizza and wine pairings courtesy of David Bowler of David Bowler Wine and Phil Hartman of Two Boots Pizza. White wines will be served with pizza topped with boudin blanc, red with pizza topped with boudin noir. Veggie and vegan options also available.

Tickets on sale now! $20 in advance/$25 at the door. Discounted admission of $17 online/$20 at door for Reliquary members. Admission includes films and 2 slices of pizza & 2 glasses of wine per person. All proceeds benefit The City Reliquary.

Doors at 7 PM. Screenings begin at dusk.

Program and menu curated by hosts David Bowler of David Bowler Wine and Phil Hartman of Two Boots Pizza.
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Aug. 31: Healix Collective presents “Miss Representation”

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Healix Collective takes over our backyard for the third installment in their film series! Join us for a screening of Miss Representation. This 2011 documentary “explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media’s limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.” Run time: 1 hr, 29 min.

With guest speaker Cady Drell, Sex and Relationships Editor at Glamour Magazine!

Doors @  7, film starts at sundown
Admission: $10 | Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer from Brooklyn Brewery. All proceeds support The City Reliquary.