Courtney Garvin
Courtney Garvin
Courtney Garvin

Abrons Arts Center, Photoville, and the digital storytelling platform My Projects Runway celebrate women residents of Lower East Side public housing who have contributed to transformative change in our neighborhood. Portraits by Courtney Garvin will be installed in outdoor locations around the Henry Street Settlement Campus and on the My Projects Runway Instagram. The virtual premiere of a video work by Christopher Currence will feature interviews of the subjects reflecting on their love for the Lower East Side and how their lives as public housing residents have impacted their commitment to public service.

Artist Bios

  • Courtney Garvin

    Courtney Garvin is a visual artist born in South Carolina who is currently based in New York City. She received her B.S. in communications and rhetoric with a minor in art photography from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. She is a Magnum Foundation 2018 Photography & Social Justice Fellow. Her work examines portrayals across various mediums. She also has a deep interest in family histories, memory, storytelling, and sex education.

  • Christopher Currence

    Christopher Currence is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and photographer. Born in Macon, Georgia, and raised in St. Thomas, USVI, he received his BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.


  • Abrons Arts Center

    Abrons Arts Center

    Abrons Arts Center is a home for contemporary interdisciplinary arts in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood. A core program of the Henry Street Settlement, Abrons believes that access to the arts is essential to a free and healthy society. Through performance presentations, exhibitions, education programs, and residencies, Abrons mobilizes communities with the transformative power of art.

Community Matriarchs Of NYCHA

 archive : 2021

Featuring: Courtney Garvin Christopher Currence

Curated by: My Projects Runway

Presented by: Abrons Arts Center
  • Abrons Arts Center

Supported by:

  • Photoville
  • Henry Street Settlement


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466 Grand St
New York, NY 10002

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Community Matriarchs of NYCHA is commissioned by the Abrons Arts Center in partnership with Photoville, with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation.

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