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My most favorite New York Times art critic just included Archival Alchemy in his list of top ten shows to see on the lower east side! To quote:

ABRONS ARTS CENTER This gallery at the Henry Street Settlement has a long record of nurturing socially conscious art, and sustains it with “Archival Alchemy,” a group show assembled by Saisha Grayson for the 20th anniversary of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective. Much of what’s here is, indeed, archival, in the sense of its recycling material from a near and distant past, as in Maya Mackrandilal’s takeaway photo tributes to historic female activists; Zinnia Naqvi’s real and re-enacted family pictures; and in the binders of the information compiled by Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani on South Asian immigrants reported missing in the United States since Sept. 11. The collective energy here is strong, even when individual entries aren’t easily readable. And one message prevails: The idea of post-identity art is not only undesirable, but it’s also delusional.
— Holland Cotter - April 27, 2017.

You can see his whole list here: 10 Galleries to Visit Now on the Lower East Side.
I'm gonna go eat some cake.  

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