Chinatown Art Brigade

Vitriolic Sendoff Planned Tomorrow to Mark Conclusion of Controversial Chinatown Gallery Exhibit

Posted October 27, 2017 at 5:11 am

“Decolonize this place,” the adhesive tape reads. Handbills stuck to the gates of 291 Grand Street alert the community to another action in opposition to a gallery exhibit that’s galvanized Chinatown. Capitalizing on momentum from recent press coverage, the Chinatown Art Brigade is again rallying the troops to protest Omer Fast’s exhibit on its final […]

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Controversial Chinatown Gallery Exhibit Forges on Despite Accusations of ‘Poverty Porn’

Posted October 24, 2017 at 5:06 am

The James Cohan Gallery is not deterred by the vociferous opposition to its latest exhibit, which transformed the showroom into a “Chinese storefront.” Artist Omer Fast’s August will run its course through the end of the week (October 29). Last week, a grassroots action by the Chinatown Art Brigade protested the installation – what they called […]

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Chinatown Art Brigade Protests Racially Insensitive ‘Poverty Porn’ at James Cohan Gallery

Posted October 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

A controversial show at the James Cohan Gallery that’s drawn local ire in the Chinatown community was the site of an invasive protest action yesterday. The Chinatown Art Brigade, known for its nighttime projections of “Chinatown is not for sale” onto building facades, organized the rally on Grand Street in response to the racially insensitive […]

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Chinatown Art Brigade Gets Vocal Tonight with ‘Lights On, Speak Out’ Event

Posted May 12, 2017 at 5:07 am

The Chinatown Art Brigade is set to unleash its spring projection event, dubbed “Lights On, Speak Out!” on Lower Manhattan. The program expands on their ongoing anti-displacement work in Chinatown, to include projections that “actively oppose the ban on refugees and immigration from Muslim countries.” Passersby will be invited to sing along to karaoke and […]

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Site of Mass Displacement: A Chinatown Gentrified by Galleries [Op-Ed]

Last modified October 23, 2016 at 10:55 pm

The following was written by Liz Moy of the Chinatown Art Brigade. There is an ongoing perception that Manhattan’s Chinatown has stayed relatively the same throughout the years whilst other low-income neighborhoods of color have been overtaken by gentrification. Ask someone how Chinatown fares in an increasingly unaffordable city and they’ll likely say, at least […]

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‘Chinatown Art Brigade’ Takes a Stand with Anti-Gentrification Projections [INTERVIEW]

Last modified September 30, 2016 at 9:50 pm

“Gentrification is Modern Colonialism,” read the illuminated stencil above the corner of Chrystie and Grand Streets. That was but one message that traveled through the neighborhood last Saturday night. These rather straightforward projections come courtesy of the Chinatown Art Brigade, which roams the namesake area armed with a light projector and a mantra of anti-gentrification. We […]

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