Preview: Coney Island Art Walls
Famed art dealer and curator Jeffrey Deitch in collaboration with Joseph Sitt of controversial Thor Equities, have brought Coney Island Art Walls to Coney Island this summer. Twenty-five handball court-sized walls were brought in to hipster foodie mecca Smorgasburg‘ s Coney Island outpost where artists including KAVES, LADY PINK, MR. CARTOON, HOW & NOSM, and Greg “SP One” Lamarche were invited to paint. Located at 1320 Bowery Street, smack dabble in the middle of Luna Park and behind the iconic Nathan’s, Smorgasburg and the Coney Art Walls are beckoning for the arty/foodie/hipster crowd that has been heavily favoring The Rockaways the past 3 years. Sundays are expected to draw in large crowds with Summer Sundays dance parties that run from 5pm to 11pm. Curated by PS1/MoMA Warm Up‘s Jason Drummond, the dance parties will play host to DJ luminaries such as Kenny Dope, Todd Terry and Tim Sweeney as well as other live acts.
After being hit hard by Hurricane Sandy as well as decades of maintaining a bad, albeit underserved, reputation throughout the city, many in the community are embracing the Coney Art Walls’ arrival. Many see it as a sign of the arrival of the new Coney Island they have been waiting for, provided they won’t be priced out of their homes; a fear that is all too common in a city rife with change.
Photos: Salvador Espinoza @sespin