MoMA Presents

Ernie Gehr’s Lower East Side Trilogy

Jan 7–21, 2021


Aproposessexstreetmarket. 2018. USA. Courtesy of the artist

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A sequel to his Essex Street Quartet (2004)—which was shot in the 1970s and is currently installed on the Museum’s fourth floor—Gehr’s elegiac new triptych was inspired by the ongoing urban development permanently altering the working-class character of a legendary New York City neighborhood. Created to be experienced in both gallery and theatrical contexts, the Lower East Side Trilogy is comprised of Autumn, shot in the style of a classical “city film,” which observes the interplay of humanity and the fragmented landscape of the streets; Aproposessexstreetmarket, which documents the everyday poetry of the retail experience in the soon-to-be-demolished old Essex Street Market building; and Circling Essex Crossing, a preview of the ghostly intrusion of a large-scale retail hub currently under construction.

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Organized by Ron Magliozzi, Curator, Department of Film.

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