Andrew Edlin Gallery Got Its Own Tiki Bar

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The reception desk tiki bar at "Cafe Dancer Pop-Up: Gone Fishin'," curated by Sam Gordon, at Chelsea's Andrew Edlin Gallery. Photo: courtesy Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York.

Summertime in New York city galleries is usually a relatively sluggish period, marked by reduced hours, group shows and… tiki bars? That’s the case at Chelsea’s Andrew Edlin Gallery, according to GrubStreet, where the reception desk has been transformed into a pop-up location of the Lower East Side’s artist-run bar Café Dancer, serving up tequila sunrises and margaritas.

The tiki bar is part of the gallery’s summer show, a two-part exhibition curated by Sam Gordon titled “Purple States & Cafe Dancer Pop-Up.” In the back, “Purple States” pairs work from 25 established art world “insiders” with that of outsider artists (Edlin’s specialty), all hung salon style.

The bar, subtitled “Gone Fishin’,” is Gordon’s second collaboration with Café Dancer, after a dance program at last year’s NADA Art Fair. Opened by Jessie Gold and Elizabeth Hart in November of 2012, the bar often hosts performance art events and displays works by artists such as Naomi Fisher.

The space is meant to evoke the aftermath of an epic Jimmy Buffet-style party, with, as Gold told Bedford and Bowery, a “collection of empty drinks, the Eagles record skipping, someone’s bikini top strung over the bar stool, spilled drinks, laser effects, and a blown out flip-flop.”

As for the art, there will be an hour-long documentary, Contemporary Dancing, and work from the Café Dancer family of artists, which Gordon calls “an interconnected group of peers and friends with relationships going back years, some over a decade.”

Unfortunately, the tiki paradise won’t be a full-time operation, and gallery-goers only have two more opportunities to see the space in action. Bartenders will be on hand this Thursday (July 10) for “Contemporary Poetry Too,” a reading organized with NADA and BOMB, and for screenings and performances on July 24.


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