EVENTS

Exhibit: Last Squat City

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - Sunday, September 13, 2015

a pop-up exhibit showcasing Fly's personal collection of zines, comics, illustration, and clothing

FLY

Pockets of the underground continue to exist and re-form themselves amidst the city’s current hyper gentrification. New generations flock to New York in order to “make it” their own and compete in the arena of history makers. For one weekend only, Booklyn presents a prominent culture war of squatters, itinerants, anarcho-punks, community gardeners, and artists who banded in different capacities to call of one of the most expensive American cities home.

Last Squat City: A Fly’s Personal Archive is culled from the extensive archive of artist, activist, squatter, and Lower East Side icon, Fly, whose zines and comix (including PEOPs, Dog Dayz and Zero Content), and illustrations (MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL, Slug & Lettuce, World War 3 Illustrated, NY Press, etc) documented the squatters’ movement resisting real estate developers, avoiding police batons, fighting off evictions and sometimes rioting; all of which frightened the complacent yuppie invasion.
Fly landed in the Lower East Side in 1988 and immediately became an active participant in the burgeoning network of squats (Glass House, Fetus, Umbrella Haus, C Squat, to name a few) and alternative art spaces (ABC No Rio, Gargoyle Mechanique Lab, Bullet Space).

Running for one weekend only, the exhibit and fundraiser will showcase Fly’s personal collection of zines, comics, illustration, and, of special interest, parts of her DIY’ed personal wardrobe. Also for display will be an array of historical documents representative of New York City 90’s network of underground culture.

Visitors can purchase donation packets which contain multiples of Fly’s idiosyncratic visual work from the early 90’s to the present day.

Curated by Richard J. Lee

Opening Preview: Friday, Sept. 11th, 7 – 10 pm
Open: Saturday + Sunday, Sept 12 -13th, 12 – 5 pm

For more information, please contact rlee@booklyn.org.

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