Neil O. Lawner
The New York Character: A gallery-wide show exploring the energy, eccentricities and eccentrics that give New York City its unique character.
EXHIBITION DATES: June 7 – July 1, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, June 6, 2017, from 6pm to 8pm. All are very welcome.
Admiring a regal mural of a Cuban immigrant woman created by artists JR and José Parlá, Rivka Katvan photographed it. Over the next two and a half years, she watched as the street art slowly was buried behind construction of a luxury condo building. This exhibition is Rivka’s chronicle of the mural’s destruction. “Street art and murals are disappearing from the streets of New York City. These incredible works of art that cover the buildings of NYC are a great way to appreciate and enjoy free art for all. The new construction of expensive apartment buildings overshadow this beauty. I documented one of these murals of a Cuban woman, Leda Antonia Machado, who lived through the Cuban Revolution, overlooking a gas station on the corner of 24th Street and 10th Avenue.