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Art Break: ‘Elia Alba: The Supper Club’ Documents Dinners of Diversity and Discussion at The 8th Floor

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, November 27, 2017

There are a number of social events to attend at this time of year. Everybody is rushing around, worried about what to wear, if anyone interesting will be there, how drunk will they (or you) be by the end of the night, etc. Art Break says forget all that and get yourself to our Midtown pick of Elia Alba’s The Supper Club at The 8th Floor gallery space. Modeled on the glamorous pictures in Vanity Fair’s annual “Hollywood Issue”, this combination photo exhibit and documented discussion on social issues is an important opportunity to hear artists of color debate and challenge each other on a variety of topics. It’ll be a party you won’t forget!

Art Break Downtown:

Where: Eric Firestone Gallery, 4 Great Jones Street, #4

When: Now through December 2, Tue – Sat: 11-6

Who: Marcia Marcus: Role Play 1958 – 1973

What: Collection of portraits spanning fifteen years of the artist’s career

Why: Examining the multiple roles people play throughout their lives

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Ricco/Maresca Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor

When: Now through December 2, Tue – Fri: 10-6, Sat: 11-6

Who: Martín Ramírez: A Journey

What: Figural and abstract drawings

Why: A master within the genre of self-taught/outsider art, his work is endlessly fascinating

Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):

Where: The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street

When: Now through January 12, 2018, Tue – Sat: 11-6

Who: Elia Alba: The Supper Club

What: A series of dinner meetings/discussions among artists of color, documented with photographs

Why: The issues addressed by contemporary artists are part of our national dialogue

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Joan B. Mirviss Ltd, 39 East 78th Street, Suite 401

When: Now through December 10, Mon – Fri: 11-6

Who: Sakiyama Takayuki, Choto: Listening to the Waves

What: Sculptures in ceramics

Why: A deep understanding of clay allows for forms both sculptural and utilitarian



Cover: Dinner at The 8th Floor, August 14, 2015; hosted by Dawit Petros, supported by The Rubin Foundation.


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