Italian Cultural Institute
On View: September 13 through November 17
6pm to 8pm
Historic Essex Street Market
120 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002

essex street installation

A site-specific installation by artist Andrea Nacciarriti -- commissioned by Artists Alliance Inc. and curated by Alessandro Facente -- 00 00 00 00 00 [Essex Street Retail Market] is an immersive architectural installation inside of the historic Essex Street Market on New York’s Lower East Side.

The history of Essex Street Market is deeply ingrained in the history of New York City. Along every wall, inch of floor, and vendor display, one can find traces of the generations of residents who moved through the space.

Responding to the building’s currently abandoned state, Nacciarriti will work inside of the historic location to realize a site-responsive intervention that reacts to existing environmental conditions—natural and artificial light, empty corridors, widespread silences—and introduces external objects produced by the artist. Marking Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space’s very last show in its old home, this final work unfolds along a solitary and mysterious path throughout the Market. A series of quiet and subtle gestures, these disappearing interventions become a paradox; the architecture’s fictional resistance to its impending destruction.

A site-specific installation by Andrea Nacciarriti
Curated by Alessandro Facente

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