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Offbeats: Lower East Side Portraits Book Launch

Offbeats: Lower East Side Portraits Book Launch

Join us at City Lore Gallery on Monday, July 11th for the launch of Offbeats: Lower East Side Portraits, a new book by artist/documentarian Clayton Patterson and writer John Strausbaugh!

The Lower East Side has been and continues to be home to many extraordinary people—artists, mystics, radicals, criminals, exiles, and immigrants. They have given the neighborhood a character and culture unique in all the world.

Published in June 2022 by Cool Grove Press, Offbeats is a textual homage to a selection of the Lower East Side’s creative and sometimes controversial characters, including visual artists Boris Lurie and Mosaic Man Jim Power, actress Molly Picon, and psychedelic spiritualist R.O. Tyler aka “Dr. Uranian,” and cultural crucibles, like the Pyramid Club and the cradle of Hollywood.

On July 11th, Clayton and John will discuss a few of their favorites Lower East Siders.

Free, but space is limited, so be sure to register here

Hard copies of Offbeats will be available for purchase on site for $20 (cash only).

About the Authors:

Clayton Patterson and his wife Elsa Rensaa came to New York City from Canada in 1979. Four years later, they bought a small storefront building on the Lower East Side, and began to document the history, social life, and politics of the neighborhood. Walking the streets of the Lower East Side opened opportunities to create an amazing body of photography. Over the years they developed possibly the largest inner-city archive in America—hundreds of thousands of photos, plus videos and street ephemera. In 1988, Patterson and Rensaa made a video that became known as the Tompkins Square Park Police Riot tape. In 1986 they turned their storefront into the Clayton Gallery & Outlaw Art Museum. Since 2013, Clayton has organized the annual Acker Awards to pay tribute to such artists and the community members who support them. Clayton has also edited and published a number of books on Lower East Side history, culture and politics, including Captured: A Film & Video History of the Lower East Side; Resistance: A Radical Social and Political History of the Lower East Side; and the three-volume Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side Volume 1,2,3.

John Strausbaugh has been writing about New York City history and culture for more than thirty years. From 1988 through 2002 he edited and wrote for the weekly newspaper New York Press. In 2007/8 he wrote and hosted the “Weekend Explorer” series of neighborhood articles and videos for the New York Times. He has also written for the Washington Post, the Wilson Quarterly, Evergreen Review, and the National Review. His books about New York City history include The Village, City of Sedition, and Victory City.


Jul 11 2022


7:00 PM

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