Warholian Lineage Project Explores His Legacy at Henry Street Gallery [RECAP]
It often feels like nothing exciting or creative can survive on the Lower East Side anymore and much of our history is being wiped out. Does anything feel adventurous and a little raw? (How many speakeasies and pop-up shops does a gal need, ya know?) So we tend to stop and take notice, encouraged when something other than a chain store or yet another overpriced condo moves in.
Here’s one: The Warholian Lineage Research Center, a new gallery-library-office, opened its doors at Lazy Susan last week, which gave us cause to celebrate. Created by writer and curator Joseph Scott Sheridan, the center’s mission is to encourage education and dialogue on Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, and to explore the mentor-protégé relationship between the three artists, and also their influence on our culture.
Sheridan asks: what was it that Warhol transmitted to Haring, and why was Basquiat the only artist whom Warhol ever extensively collaborated with?
The basement half of the two-floor gallery will explore these questions, featuring artists associated with this lineage. The center will also curate established and emerging artists in other locations, as well as team up for shows in their upstairs space.
It was no accident that the opening took place on February 16, the 25th anniversary of Keith Haring’s passing. When we popped in last week, the packed gallery on Henry Street was in full swing. There was a feeling of enthusiasm, and despite the tribute to the past, we also felt a breath of fresh air in the neighborhood.
We spied several of our favorite Warhol-centric books in the small library, as well as some obscure ones. By the way, the center is encouraging people to donate more books. In addition to publications on Warhol, Basquiat and Haring, any other writings on their influences and associated movements are encouraged.
You can find out more details on their Facebook page.