All Together Different

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All Together Different
Curated by: Linda Griggs

February 12th, 2015 - April 1st, 2015
Opening: February 12th, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

east village/lower east side
painting, mixed-media


This exhibit is a survey of current Lower East Side artists — those still engaged in a forever changing and a forever the same neighborhood; of those still making art, all together, different. ALL | TOGETHER | DIFFERENT brings together nearly 100 Lower East Side artists and arts organizations actively working in the community.

On view will be paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, prints, installation, and video from artists aged 29 to 92, including Richard Hambleton, Kim Keever, Marc Kehoe, Kembra Pfahler, Rick Prol, Kiki Smith, Jim Radakovich, David Sandlin, Judith Simonian, Anton Van Dalen, Roger Welch, Hans Witschi, Susannah Coffey, and John Copeland.

“We are excited to bring together the artists and organizations of the Lower East Side with work that ranges from minimalism to radical archiving, by those who set the tone for expressive freedom and the subsequent arrivals who inherited a culture that was unique to the area,” said Linda Griggs, co-curator, with Yona Verwer, of the exhibition.

“Although we lost many neighborhood artists to the AIDS epidemic, to drugs, and to rising rents, many stayed, fought for tenant rights for themselves and their neighbors, created communities, kept the spirit and attracted the next wave of artists who inherited the disjointed, yet allied individuality,” added Verwer. 

The exhibition will be held on the occasion of the grand re-opening – after several years of construction – of the Educational Alliance Art School at the Manny Cantor Center. The school, which has offered high-quality instruction in the visual arts for nearly a century, is now entering a new era with an exceptional facility, renewed educational offerings, a refined vision for programming, and a commitment to serving a great diversity of students.

Throughout the decades, millions of people who have arrived and made a home on the often messy and tumultuous Lower East Side also found a safe place; an odd and wonderful place where they could be individuals -- but they weren’t alone. 

“For artists, the Lower East Side has always been a neighborhood where you could do as you pleased - with your art, with your life. This show pays tribute to the countless artists who have made and continue to make the Lower East Side an epicenter of creativity and of art,” said Emily Aldredge, Director of the Educational Alliance Art School. 


The Clemente | ABC No Rio | FusionArts Museum | Culture Push | Le Petit Versailles / Allied Productions, Inc. | PS 122 | Gathering of the Tribes


Carlucci Bencivenga | Edward Brezinski | Craig Coleman | Sean Early | Blake Ferris | Greer Lankton | Tom Murrin | Chris Twomey 


  1. •Clayton Patterson Captured hosted by cultural partner The ClementeThursday, February 16The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street, 1st Floor Gallery, NYC 10002

 2    •Celebrate Poetry Month with a reading from Gathering of the Tribes | Wednesday, April 1, 7-9. Manny Cantor Center, 6th floor, 197 East Broadway, NYC 10002

Please visit for public program schedule.

More on the exhibit:



Bedford + Bowery, Lindsey Smith, LES Artists ‘Still Looking Quirky and Funky’ at This New Exhibit. February 13, 2015

Artdaily, A Survey of Working Artists on the Lower East Side.

Bowery Boogie Manny Cantor Center Hosting an Exhibit Surveying the ‘Working Artists on the Lower East Side’ February 12, 2015

 The Lo-Down Arts Watch: “All Together Different,” a Sweeping Local Survey, to Open at Manny Cantor Center. February 9, 2015. 

 Bedford + Bowery Lindsey Smith, There are still working artists in the Lower East Side and this show aims to prove it. February 2, 2015. 


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