Opening Reception for Like a Virgin: Madonnas and Madonna from the Collection of Kay Turner

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The City Reliquary Museum presents
Like a Virgin: Madonnas and Madonna from the Collection of Kay Turner
On View Dec. 3, 2015 – Feb. 28, 2016
Opening Reception: Dec. 8 at 7 PM

The City Reliquary proudly presents the Community Collections display of images of the Virgin Mary from folklorist, artist, and Williamsburg resident Kay Turner. Turner has a long-term scholarly interest in representations of the Virgin and a consequent personal interest in images of the pop star Madonna. She is an expert in folk Catholic belief and has collected numerous images of the Virgin Mary in forms such as altar statues, planters, medallions, and even emblazoned on pillowcases and socks. Turner’s collection presents a powerful female figure beloved by believers and non-believers alike through the lenses of faith, art, fashion, and kitsch.

Turner will discuss her collection at the opening reception for this Community Collections display on Dec. 8 at 7 PM, the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Light refreshments will be served.

Kay Turner served as Folk Arts Director for the Brooklyn Arts Council from 2000 to 2014. Turner initiated numerous field research projects resulting in public programs such as Praise in the Park: Musical Expressions of Faith; Williamsburg Bridge 100th Anniversary Celebration; and Brooklyn Maqam: Arab Music Festival. Turner continues to teach as Adjunct Professor in the Performance Studies Graduate Program at New York University. She holds a Ph.D. in Folklore and Anthropology from the University of Texas, Austin. Among her publications are Beautiful Necessity: The Art and Meaning of Women’s Altars (Thames and Hudson); I Dream of Madonna: Women’s Dreams of the Goddess of Pop (Harper Collins); and Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms (Wayne State University Press). Turner was recently elected President of the American Folklore Society (2016 – 2018). Turner, also a performer and musician, is currently at work on a book and performance project called What a Witch, a rethinking of the fairy tale witch in folklore and popular culture.

The Vanishing Icons of Metropolitan Avenue: A History of Williamsburg’s Handmade Shop Signs from the 1980s

Stanley Wisniewolski with Work

Not so long ago, a number of retro, sculptural shop signs lent a distinctive flavor to the area just east of the BQE in Williamsburg, among them a giant paintbrush, a diamond ring and the hammer that’s still outside Crest Hardware on Metropolitan Avenue. Neighborhood resident and writer Karen Hudes looks into the story behind the signs, about 75 of which were crafted 30 years ago by an artist named Stanley Wisniewolski.

At the exhibit, photos from the city’s Municipal Archives bring to light Williamsburg’s streetscape in the ’80s, which was rich in oversized coffee cups, handbags and cows’ heads made out of Styrofoam marking each storefront. See a collection of Wisniewolski’s original signs on display, find out why the smoke shop installation caused such a stir, and take in the vision of one of the neighborhood’s pioneering graphic designers (who certainly wouldn’t be the last).

Opening party at The City Reliquary
April THurd THursday: April 15th, 2010 @ 7 PM
$3 Brooklyn Brewery beers
Exhibit runs through mid-July.

5/10/07 Reception for Johnny Coast, Taliah Lempert, and Dave Perry

Join Us Thursday May 10th from 7-10 PM for the
unveiling of two new exhibits:

The Bicycle Paintings of Taliah Lempert in our new Exhibition Hall

The Bicycle Builders’ Collection of Johnny Coast and Dave Perry in our Community Collections Window.

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Sunday April 1: Come Celebrate Our 1st Birthday!

Come out on Sunday April 1st from 12-6 PM to The City Reliquary Museum! That’s right, we’ve officially been here 1 year…and we’re still going strong. Come meet members of the board, play games, and hang out in our new back room!

Friday 3/23 Sidewalk Reception: Chris Millstein’s Flashlight Collection

Come hang out on the sidewalk with us in celebration of Chris Millstein’s Illuminating Flashlight Collection! The Museum will be open as well…refreshments, artifacts, and other civic splendor. 7 – 10 PM.

Sat. 3/24 Don’t DEMO Domino Bake Sale and Q & A

Join the Waterfront Preservation Alliance at the City Reliquary on Saturday, March 24th from 7

Dec. 11 – Fundraising Dinner to Benefit the City Reliquary

Folks, be sure and save the date. The Lodge is generously hosting us for our first ever fund-raising dinner. It promises to be a fabulous evening, with fine food, outstanding company and excellent conversation. Our guest of honor, Philip Lopate (author of Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan) will be joining us for dinner and no doubt dazzling us with his love and knowledge of New York. Dinner is from 6:00 – 9:00 at the Lodge (318 Grand St. at Havemeyer.) Tickets are $100.00 per person with proceeds to directly benefit the City Reliquary. With our modest 50 cent admission fee to the museum, events like these are how we keep our doors open. Click on the Make a Donation button below, and reserve your tickets for dinner. Thanks!

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RESERVED Table(s) for six: $2000 each

If you cannot attend but still wish to make a donation,

Turning Point: a celebration of cycling and art

Amy Bolger and The City Reliquary present Turning Point: a celebration of cycling and art. Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, May 20 at noon.

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