Events

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

NYC Trash

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

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


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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.'”
thenevermindorchestra.com

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