Community Portrait: A Gabriel Specter Installation @ the JCC in Manhattan

I’ve seen and loved Gabriel Specter’s lyrical artwork on the streets of Brooklyn. But it’s a delightful surprise to see it indoors on the walls of my local community center. Specter’s portraits — inspired by members of the JCC community on Manhattan’s Upper West Side — are now on view until March 1 at the Laurie M. Tisch Gallery of the JCC  @ 334 Amsterdam Avenue & 76th Street. Wooster Collective’s Marc and Sara Schiller will join Specter for a talk and a reception this Wednesday evening, January 18, at 7:30. Here are a few of the images that grace the JCC:

Photos by Lois Stavsky & Dani Mozeson

Gaia @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Because Gaia’s works are so elegantly powerful on the streets — especially in semi-desolate, often bleak settings — I was somewhat leery of seeing his work in a gallery setting. But his current exhibit Succession, his first solo exhibit at Jonathan LeVine’s gallery, works, as Gaia has succeeded in transforming the gallery’s project room into an authentic urban environment.  The installation continues through June 25 @ 529 West 20th Street. 9th floor.

Photo by Lenny Collado
Incredulity of Redevelopment, mixed media on panel, photo by Lois Stavsky