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La Superette: The Art, Music, and Shopping Event

Lower Manhattan Cultural Center (John Street)
159 John Street, 212-678-9345
Tribeca / Downtown
December 13 - December 14, 2008
Reception: Thursday, November 13, 12 - 8 PM
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La Superette 2008 will transform a retail space on the corner of Front St. and John St. for two days, creating a temporary store with a huge selection of artist-made multiples from around the country. Enjoying 10 years of success at the cutting edge, La Superette is a unique arts and craft event with a non-commercial goal: to support and distribute the works of independent artists and designers. The variety of items includes hacked clothes, homemade electronic toys, patchwork accessories, houseware, artist books and CDs.

Emerging once a year, just in time for holiday shopping, La Superette offers the most unique and affordable shopping experience for hundreds of shoppers year after year. With recent economic and political changes this year more than ever is a time to celebrate the craftiness and creativity, and be a part of an event that represents the true spirit of New York City.

Among exciting items are Carrie Paterson’s homemade perfume, Dez’s bedtime stories CD, Sirin Thada’s necklaces, Lady Jane’s yoga bags, and Jessica Delfino’s homemade maxi pads.

La Superette 2008 features a commissioned installation by NY artist Yoav Bergner that will display the merchandise a window installation by NY sculptor Kim Holleman, and a video catalog by Thessia Machado with song by MP Lockwood. To make the Superette shopping experience more enjoyable the event includes performances by Marisa Olson, Dafna Naftali, and Warren Malone among others. Also included in this year’s celebration is the renegade bakery Sweet Tooth of the Tiger *selling homemade treats. And finally, to celebrate La Superette’s 10 year anniversary, a full color book is being published with contributions by many of the artists from the past10 years. The book will be premiered and sold at this year’s festivities.

La Superette History

La Superette was founded in 1998 by *Tali Hinkis and Marie Daubert, two students at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. The immediate huge success of the event carried La Superette to NYC, where it has been an institution since 2001. La Superette has been hosted by many galleries and organizations in NYC.

2001: La Superette makes its NYC debut at free103point9 Brooklyn 2002: Hosted by Cuchifritos Gallery in Essex Street Market, La Superette is open for regular store hours for two whole months. 2003: Despite a big snowstorm, La Superette attracts 500 shoppers at a two-weekend event at Deitch Projects and Participant Inc. 2004: Art and pop stars attend La Superette at the Tank space for performing arts- they wait in line for the cashier just like everyone else while enjoying the sounds and sights. 2005: La Superette expands the shopping days to include a long list of live performances at Exit Art 2006: La Superette spreads out and collaborates with Eyebeam on a day of shopping, music, and workshops 2007: La Superette celebrates three weeks of music, video, and sales at Chashama La Superette 2008 is organized and produced by Ignivomous, with generous support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
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