Coney Island’s Spookhouse Headed to the Lower East Side this Week
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The allure of Coney Island is making its way toward the Lower East Side, in the form of a tribute to the artistic renaissance hatched in the 1980s and 1990s.
The creative institutions we now hold near and dear to our hearts – the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, the Spookhouse and Burlesque – will be featured in an exhibit (sponsored by the Coney Island History Project, Coney Island Hysterical Society and City Lore) called, “Boardwalk Renaissance: How the Arts Saved Coney Island.”
The event – hosted by City Lore Gallery on East 1st Street – will showcase costumes and other artifacts from the first ever Mermaid Parade, as well as a life-size recreation of the “arthouse carnival ride,” the Spookhouse (complete with a hand-painted car from the original ride), and art inspired by the house under the Cyclone. Below is the official explanation from the organizers:
City Lore Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, Boardwalk Renaissance: How the Arts Saved Coney Island, tells the story of how a group of renegade artists drew inspiration from Coney Island’s honkey tonk history, making Coney Island a haven for the avant garde in the 1980s.
Opening reception is slated for Thursday, November 5 at 7pm, at City Lore Gallery (56 East 1st Street). The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. More info can be found here.