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Goodbye To All That: “InFinite Futures” and “The Past Will Be Present” at ABC No Rio

by Emily Colucci on June 23, 2016
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In the contemporary Lower East Side–a neighborhood of unlimited brunch spots, luxury condos and pristine white-walled galleries, artist-run punk haven ABC No Rio stands defiant as a welcome anachronism. Whether interpreted as a graffiti-covered blight or a monument to the heavily romanticized culture spawned downtown in the late 20th century, ABC No Rio has acted as a hub for a community of artists for over three decades. The space remains inexorably tied to the last gasps of the neighborhood’s gritty essence, which is why the plans for its sleek renovation seem almost shocking.

With the demolition and reconstruction finally on the horizon after years of delays due to bureaucratic red tape (AFC even published a series of interviews on ABC No Rio in 2012 in anticipation of its forthcoming closure), the nagging question remains: will the experience of ABC No Rio be the same without the fear of falling through their stairs or tumbling into some industrial waste in the backyard?

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“The Real Estate Show” Slideshow and Commentary

by Whitney Kimball on April 8, 2014
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Thirty years later, the site of the “Real Estate Show” is finally getting developed. Original “Real Estate Show” members have mixed feelings.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Fiery Paintings and an Opera Called “Crash”

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on April 7, 2014
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So, so much to do.

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The Historic “Real Estate Show” Returns

by Whitney Kimball on April 3, 2014
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The 1980 “Real Estate Show,” the seed which became ABC No Rio, is back.

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A Look at The Creative Time Summit: Gentrification, Gentrification, and Gentrification

by John Powers on November 5, 2013
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Generalizing about gentrification.

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Memorial to an Art Scene: The Gordon Kurtti Project at Participant Inc.

by Whitney Kimball on July 11, 2013
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In the scope of New York City history, seven years isn’t much time. For the East Village art scene, though, it was a lifetime, and for artist Gordon Kurtti, it was an entire career. After a brief but bright formation in the East Village performance scene, Kurtti passed away in 1987, at age 26, of AIDS-related complications; twenty-six years later, a mini-retrospective at Participant Inc. acquaints us with his life and work. It’s an intimate memorial for Kurtti, but it’s also a story of community, and the meaning of comings and goings.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Back to Brooklyn. And Chim↑Pom!

by Whitney Kimball on March 11, 2013
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What’s Chim↑Pom, you ask? See for yourself in this week’s art events.

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The ABC No Rio Interviews: Steven Englander

by Whitney Kimball on December 20, 2012
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In the last ABC No Rio interview before the renovation, director Steven Englander says fighting the city is the easy part. He asks, “What do you do if you win?”

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The ABC No Rio Interviews: Vikki Law

by Whitney Kimball on September 5, 2012
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In the third of four ABC No Rio interviews, I spoke to community organizer and prisoner advocate Victoria Law. We discuss some of the activist initiatives at No Rio in the mid-nineties through early 2000s.

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