Centre-fuge Debuts its ‘Heroines of the Lower East Side’ Murals
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The Centre-fuge Public Art Project is finally ready to debut its latest cycle of artwork (cycle thirteen, actually). Street artist Lexi Bella has spent the last couple weeks spray-painting the mid-block trailer with select heroines of the Lower East Side. The final touches were applied yesterday (no thanks to the rain).
Notable female figures to grace the trailer are Debbie Harry, Rosario Dawson, the Russ daughters (Hattie, Ida and Anne of first-generation ownership), Hell-cat Maggie (female fighter of the Dead Rabbits gang), Ellen Stewart (theater director and founder of La MaMa), Catherine Ferguson (African American social pioneer who founded first Sunday school in New York City), and a personal touch for the artist, her daughter Roxy.
The epic collection of detailed murals was a collaborative effort with FABLES for the first annual Lower East Side History Month. FABLES is a public series produced by Fourth Arts Block to preserve neighborhood history through visual art.
Now it’s time to celebrate. Centre-fuge and FABLES are throwing a fete at Prima on East First Street tomorrow afternoon, 4pm-6pm.