The Invisible Dog Gallery at 51 Bergen, near Smith Street
Fri., Sept. 16 and Sat., Sept 17, 8:30 p.m., 45 minute free multi-media live-jazz-art-sound-photo-light exhibit: Friday and Saturday the gallery will put on a show not to miss. At 8:30 p.m., the gallery is closing down Bergen Street for a free public art event called CHAOS MANOR, in which a piano will be slowly hoisted up from the sidewalk through an open window, where a pianist will be waiting to play it. The gallery’s 22 exterior windows will then become the stage for a sound and light show, in which layers of recorded sound and live music will be woven through the windows. The expanse of the gallery’s lovely, three-story industrial brick façade will serve as a canvas for the projection of live and archival imagery for the photographic work of W. Eugene Smith.
Smith was an ex-Life Magazine photographer who set up shop in an abandoned building on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan from 1957 to 1965. Smith installed an audio recorder in the space, which became a regular hangout for the Manhattan jazz scene. The recordings feature minutiae sounds like a cat chasing a mouse as well as jam sessions with such musicians as Thelonius Monk, Sonny Rollins, Alice Coltrane, Don Cherry and Roy Haynes. Smith took 1,447 rolls of pictures during this time, and recorded 4,500 hours of stereo and mono tapes, capturing visits from Doris Duke, Anais Nin, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Salvadore Dali in addition to prostitites, drug dealers, cops and thieves. It’s hard to imagine this won’t be a fascinating, delightful show.
The Invisible Dog Art Center
51 Bergen Street