Clayton Patterson’s Front Door: Residents and Writers features rarely-seen images from the renowned photographer, who has documented the unique cultural ecosystem of the Lower East Side for over 40 years. The exhibition presents selections from the Front Door series, portraits taken in front of Patterson’s 161 Essex Street studio from the mid 1980s to early 2000s. Known as the “Wall of Fame, ” the door served as an important canvas for local graffiti writers and as a backdrop for Patterson’s portraits of local residents.
An opening reception will be held on 3 June from 4–6pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Park at 216 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002.
Clayton Patterson is a Canadian-born artist, photographer, videographer and folk historian. Since moving to New York City in 1979, his work has focused almost exclusively on documenting the art, life and times of the Lower East Side in Manhattan.
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Clayton Patterson’s Front Door: Residents and Writers
Featuring: Clayton Patterson
Curated by: Ali Rosa-Salas Lei Takanashi
LocationsView Location Details LES Coleman Skate Park
62 Monroe Street and Pike Street
New York, NY 10002
Location open 24 hoursMartin Luther King Jr. Community Park
216 E Broadway,
Location open 24 hours
Clayton Patterson’s Front Door: Residents and Writers is organized by Ali Rosa-Salas, Abrons Arts Center’s Vice President of Visual and Performing Arts, and Lei Takanashi, creator of the graffiti archive Instagram account @CrookNYC.
Portraits by Clayton Patterson at Harold Hunter Day
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