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Dust to Settle


120 Essex Street, Delancey / Rivington (inside the Essex St. Food Market at the South end of the building), 212-420-9202
East Village / Lower East Side
May 7 - June 26, 2011
Reception: Saturday, May 7, 4 - 6:30 PM
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Artists: Jane Benson, Nicole Cherubini, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ellen Harvey, Jason Hedges, Michael Mahalchick, Robert Melee, and Clive Murphy

Curated by Diana Shpungin

CUCHIFRITOS is pleased to announce Dust to Settle, an exhibition that opens as part of the New Museum’s Festival of Ideas for the New City, May 4-8, 2011, a major new collaborative initiative in New York involving scores of Downtown organizations working together to harness the power of the creative community to imagine the future city and explore ideas that will shape it. The Festival will include a three-day slate of symposia; an innovative StreetFest along the Bowery; and over eighty independent projects and public events. For more information, visit

The curators concept for Dust to Settle was inspired by Cuchifritos’ unique gallery location in the Essex Street Market which makes it easy to imagine the gallery space as an unknown part of the market that was just uncovered and revealed from an undetermined past,—an ambiguous archeological site or time capsule. The exhibition working with this premise, will create a somewhat open-ended and poetic theme with works that follow one or more of the following guidelines:

· The works in the exhibition will be in a state of flux,—with a past, present, future. · An artwork/object with a history,—both forgotten and familiar. · An archive and artifact,—that has been re-purposed, given a new life. · Nostalgic,—an aesthetic reminiscent of rummaging through your grandma’s attic, flea market or thrift store. · Location Re-purposed,—some artists in the exhibition will directly use items from the Essex Street Market

Works in the exhibition will function singularly, in dialogue with one another, in dialogue with the Essex Street Market and as one whole distinct entity, an installation unto itself.
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