Head Hi Events + News
Temperatures Contemporary Ceramics
Wednesday, Oct 4, 6-8pm
Let's celebrate the latest issue of TEMPERATURES, a contemporary ceramics magazine and occasional publication about artists using clay. TEMPERATURES Vol. 3 features Espalier, a series of ceramic works made by Rocio Olivares in 2021. Designed to resemble a seed catalog, this publication reimagines her work as part of a multi-level-marketing scheme, a social phenomenon that was very visible to her in Santiago during the pandemic lockdowns.
Brotherland Book Launch
Thursday, October 5, 6-8pm
Brotherland, a new photography book by Ben Sklar, is an examination of masculinity and male relationships through the lens of an isolated group of men living in an unidentified location. The subjective documentary style of the work asks viewers to question the ideals, traditions and framework of raising boys in the United States. It holds up a critical mirror to what defines a man asking for self awareness and reflection. In correspondence with the physicality of the imagery, viewers must physically re-orient the book from horizontal to vertical while engaging. The work includes 16 essays and 35 duotone photographs bound with a double clove-hitch tied cord. Each book has its own unique hand screen printed 4-flap canvas case showing a wave under full moonlight and is supported with a printed hard backing board.
Sklar has photographed for the New York Times and been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, He has recently expanded his practice into hand painting, bookmaking, gallery exhibitions, creative writing, apparel making, motion filming, and mixed media work. He will graduate from the University of Hartford international low residency Masters of Fine Art program in 2024.
Join us for the launch, get your book signed, and check out a corresponding series of prints!
Field Guide to the Future
Emerging Ecologies Book Launch + Talk
Wednesday, October 25, 6:30pm
Join us for a discussion on architecture's ecological histories, presents, and possible futures, as well as the launch of Emerging Ecologies: Architecture and the Rise of Environmentalism, the newly published book and catalog by authors and curators Carson Chan and Matthew Wagstaffe made to accompany the first expansive survey of the history of environmental thinking in architecture currently at the Museum of Modern Art.
Participating in the discussion:
Carson Chan, Director of the Emilio Ambasz Institute, MoMA
Matthew Wagstaffe, Research Assistant at the Emilio Ambasz Institute, MoMA
Co-hosted by Head Hi and New York Review of Architecure
Together Apart Book Launch
Saturday, September 16, 4-6pm
Together Apart Book Launch
by the Ritsch Sisters
Saturday September 16, 4-6pm
Published by POOL publishing, Berlin.
Join us to celebrate this gorgeous book, meet the photographers Anna + Maria Ritsch, and get your book signed! A special limited edition of photo prints from the publication will also be shown and available for sale.
Together Apart is an ongoing series of new photography that reflects the ever-changing nature of our society. The Ritsch sisters started working together while living apart, Anna in New York and Maria in Vienna. The essence of the series lies in the development of a method that revolves around duality and dialogue showing intimate portrayals of the experience of photographing together despite being physically separated. Their shared upbringing forms the foundation of their collaborative photographic and artistic practice unveiling the layers of their interconnected lives, visually narrating tales of growth, introspection, sisterhood, conscious and subconscious connections, intuition and gender dynamics.
We’re looking forward to seeing you all at Head Hi as we resume our cultural programs with this fantastic book-launch exhibition!
Listening Session - Open Decks
Saturday, August 26, 12-5pm
BYOVinyl records and play 3 songs on our beautiful vintage Klipsch La Scala speakers in celebration of Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary.
Jazz, Funk, Soul, Reggae, Latin rhythms, R&B, Electronic, Afrobeat or whatever rarities you may find in your record collection that traces to the invention of Hip Hop
back in the 70s in the Bronx, NYC 🎶🔊🗽
Delicious Churros freshly made on site 3-5pm. Yes yes yo… let’s have a p-a-r-ty!
Head Hi is NY’s only indie bookshop / gallery specialized in art, design & architecture books with a Hi-Fi sound system + a espresso bar. Come join us!
This Listening Session is a moment to share music we love, feel the energy of what we hear & let the vibrations run through our bodies. It’s not a DJ set, anyone can participate, no beat-matching or mixing is required, just put the needle on the record and let it playyy…
Head Hi Book Kiosk at NADA FORELAND
July 21-23, 2023, 11am-6pm
For all our upstate friends and followers, catch us July 21-23 at this year’s expanded edition of NADA Foreland located in Catskill, NY which will feature over 40 participating galleries and over 60 exhibiting artists in a collaborative exhibition cascading through the historic building and waterfront; a community market featuring books by yours truly, art objects and more; a selection of premier food by Lil Debs Oasis (a Head Hi fave), and beverage vendors across our sprawling waterfront lawn; and robust series of live music, discussions, guided tours, and other performances throughout the weekend. Click button below for more info and full schedule of events.
an evening of short surf films, food, drinks & DJs
July 15, 6-11pm
We're pleased to announce Summer Shorts as part of the Head Hi Summer 2023 season of cultural programming and are excited to bring it back to the Rockaways (where Head Hi began in an un-used garage space in 2017). Join us for an evening of short surf films, food, drinks & DJs at the Arverne Cinema, a wonderful outdoor space by the Jamaica Bay, in Rockaway Queens, NYC.
The independent films we selected showcase the raddest surfing by the best and stylish free-riders of our time including: In Search of Balance by Alex Partick, México; The Rolling East by Benjamin Potter, US; Natural High by Jack Coleman, Australia + US; and A New Wave by Sandra Winther Denmark + South Africa.
Click below for more info on the films, tickets, djs, location and food. Sea you there!
Universal Lessons Weekender at Glen Falls House
June 30 - July 2, 2023
We'll be selling books at another year of Good Room's 'Summer Of Joy' at their sister hotel in the Catskills, Glen Falls House! This is a magical weekend of nature, poolside chilling and music curated by Love Injection and Musclecars. The event is free to attend, however you can help support the featured Djs by picking up a suggested donation ticket here. Rooms are very limited and you can only reserve via this link.
This year's Universal Lessons weekender will feature:
~ Daytime poolside sets by Beewack, Butter, Dope Jams, Honey Bun, Lovie, Marco Weibel, Sweet Kicks, Peer Pressure
~ Books and wares by Head Hi!!
~ Records by The Mixtape Shop
~ Merch and more
Sounds of Sunshine
in Celebration of the 2023 Summer Solstice
June 21, 6-10pm
Join the 2023 Summer Solstice celebration with Head Hi at Ace Hotel Brooklyn. Sounds of Sunshine provided by Hyanna, DJ Bianca and Mösco Disco mixing beats that will make us all shake and sweat as we’ll be dancing closer to the sun.
For this shiny occasion, we invite guests to wear yellow, white or gold.
PUBLIC ACCESS Exhibition for NYCxDesign
May 18 - June 3, 2023
Furnishing Utopia returns to NYCxDesign this May, 2023 to pose a foundational question to the design world: How can we expand our creative practices through acts of care and empathy? This debut installment of ‘PUBLIC ACCESS’ features works from 37 international designers, from 19 cities, 12 countries exploring ways in which design can inspire communal acts of sharing. The resulting work is an evolving array of offerings designed and built in situ - some sharing community resources, some connecting with nature, or others igniting a sense of wonderment. All respond to their unique locations with an invitation for the public to engage freely.
The two-part exhibition of PUBLIC ACCESS will be showcased at two distinct locations by the Brooklyn Navy Yard neighborhood. Head Hi is the first location where we will serve as the hub showing all 37 PUBLIC ACCESS projects photo-documented in their chosen environment from various parts of the world. The visual exhibit will be displayed alongside reference materials and open source instructions, as well as a curation of related books for viewers to congregate and take part in engaging programming of talks and events. The second location is the Naval Cemetery Landscape in Brooklyn Navy Yard, a 200-year-old historical site that serves as a sacred grove and a memorial meadow for public use.
Accompanying the exhibition, we are hosting two events with curator Jean Lee (Ladies & Gentlemen Studio). Click below for more info and to sign up. See you there!
Apartamento + Misha Kahn Book Launch
Saturday, May 13, 3-5pm
Apartamento Magazine & Head Hi are delighted to present an exhibition of works by artist Misha Kahn who’s featured in the new issue of the magazine & has a new book out!
Following on from his expo at Milan Design Week, Misha has made a limited edition of dust jackets to be shown back home in New York City, and to continue celebrating his brand-new book, Casually Sauntering the Perimeter of Now! This collection experiments with even more techniques and materials-casting, carving, sewing, and welding, to create dust jackets in resin, wood, fabric, metal, and more.
Join us this Saturday for drinks, music by Head Hi, lots of goodies, books and the exclusive opportunity to get your hands on a Misha sculpture! May 13th 3-5pm.
A selection of books & publications by Apartamento will be available exclusively at HHi, perfect to build your collection!
Head Hi at the ICP Photobook Fest
Saturday - Sunday, May 13 - 14
We are excited to announce our participation in ICP's Photobook Fest! Held May 12–14, 2023 at ICP's space on the Lower East Side, NYC, ICP Photobook Fest will span two floors in the galleries and host 50 photobook publishers (and bookstores like ours) showcasing and selling their latest books. The event will also highlight ICP faculty and alumni and feature in-person programming, book signings, and workshops. Learn more and find tickets through the link below.
Pratt University's Other Islands Book Fair
Saturday - Sunday, April 1-2, 12-6pm
Other Islands Book Fair is a space to celebrate the many relationships between independent publishing and cultivating communities. The book fair gathers the work of community builders, local publishers, designers, artists, zine makers, independent bookshops, and publishers on Pratt’s historic Brooklyn campus. Exhibitors share a collective, contemporary awareness, forging paths forward through making, producing, and extending works. Free and open to the public with RSVP.
Dope from Hope Fundraiser
Tuesday, Feb 7, 7-9pm
Join us for the New York Dope From Hope Book Kickstarter Campaign launch event.
Dope from Hope is a collection of influential cult audio papers authored by Paul W. Klipsch dating back to 1960. The name refers to the town of Hope, Arkansas where Paul lived, founded the company, and where the Klipsch Heritage family of speakers are still produced today. We are setting out to independently publish the first-ever full collection in book form exclusively via Kickstarter.
This edition of the Dope From Hope book will only be available for preorder on Kickstarter from January 31 through March 2, 2023.
These papers, originally intended for insiders like dealers and Klipsch-owners, deserve a wider audience. PWK’s honest, plain language and sharp wit will be inspiring to the next generation of audio enthusiasts. For the well acquainted, these historic documents scanned in high resolution in all of their original glory make a must-have for the Klipsch fans collection.
The campaign is being run by Barbie Bertisch and Paul Raffaele, founders of Love Injection Fanzine & Records, DJs, producers, audio enthusiasts, and archivists residing in New York City. The project wouldn’t be possible without the guidance and support of Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy and the Klipsch Museum of Audio History, especially Jim Hunter, Matt Sommers, Richard Groves, Travis Williamson and the Museum board.
Digesting Metabolism Book Conversation
Thursday, Feb 2 6:30pm
Come celebrate and learn more about the new book Digesting Metabolism: Artificial Land in Japan 1954–2202. We are hosting a book talk on Thursday February 2 at 6:30pm with New York Review of Architecture in person at the shop in Brooklyn and on zoom. Please join author Casey Mack, and discussants Ken Oshima, Daniel Abramson and Nader Vossoughian to discuss artificial land, flexibility, housing, polyvalency, obsolescence and metabolism in Japan.
“Artificial land,” a term first coined by Le Corbusier, is one of those pivotal concepts in architecture known by just about nobody. Long buried by the term “megastructure” that it inspired, artificial land joins the individual and collective, envisioning housing as stacked platforms of plots for building freestanding homes of all variety.
How can housing better meet people’s diverse and changing needs? Moving away from the focus on capsule architecture that dominates so many studies of Japan’s Metabolist architects, Digesting Metabolism investigates artificial land's impact on Japanese housing.
Also! To help raise some money to support the event - and give people an opportunity to spend time with the speakers - for $30 you can join us at Head Hi afterwards for dinner: pizza and wine.
Razor N Tape Head Hi Take Over
Sunday, January 22, 2-6pm
Join us for a day of music, books and delicious coffee at our friends' Razor N Tape record shop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Razor N Tape is a New York based record label with an international following of both disc jockeys and music enthusiasts. They have been releasing beautiful music since 2012! From melodic tunes to bangers shaking dance-floors around the globe. We're thrilled to take part of their IN THE SHOP music series and bring some publications, make pour-over coffee and have our Head Hi friends PK.Kid, Butter, Mösco, Dominika Mazurová and KG play records from 2-6pm.
Come enjoy our friends' DJ sets, browse through the book selection, Razor N Tape records + merch and enjoy our delicious coffee! Event is all ages & free. Support your small local businesses, the spaces that provide a hub for gatherings to nurture ideas, creativity and music.
For those that can't make it to the event, the DJ sets will be live-streamed on the Razor N Tape Mixcloud Stream and Head Hi will be curating a rotating selection of books for RNT shop shelves, stay tuned for more.
Balcony Magazine Issue 3 Release Party
Saturday, January 21, 3-6pm
Balcony is a bi-annual collection of conversations with artists situated in the everyday. Each issue contains a selection of dialogues as well as visual stories and original artworks. Sidestepping conventions of both art criticism and the artist profile, Balcony presents the artist’s voice as its primary source, blurring the boundaries between the art world and the everyday. Founded in 2020 by Head Hi friends Audrey Rose Smith and Vicente Muñoz, Balcony elevates the quotidian over the monumental to put forward a new voice in art journalism.
Join us for the release celebration with drinks and churros next weekend!
Book Talk with NYRA
Wednesday, January 11 6:30pm
Who are publicists, what do they do, and where did they come from? Is a famous architect a good architect? Is a good architect famous? Should there be a line between the personal and the professional?
Join us together with New York Review Architecture and publicist Elizabeth Kubany with author and Head Hi regular Eva Hagberg speaking on her new book, "When Eero Met His Match," a biography of Aline Louchheim Saarinen and her story as architecture's first publicist.
Please join us to discuss love, narrative and architecture. Doors will open at 6:30pm, the talk will begin at 7:00pm.
The Daily Mirror 1976/2022
Tuesday, December 13, 7:30pm
Head Hi is thrilled to present a live performance at Ace Hotel Brooklyn featuring the choreography of Wendy Perron and Morgan Griffin with film and photography by Babette Mangolte. Join us for this event, a collaboration developed over the past year, followed by drinks and music by Beewack in the lounge.
In 1976, downtown New York dancer/choreographer Wendy Perron began an accumulating project, creating movement every day that reflected the interior and exterior landscape of that day. She titled it The Daily Mirror. In 2021, upon recently uncovering the only documentation of this practice, five pages of photos by French cinematographer Babette Mangolte, Perron asked dancer Morgan Griffin to re-create the work with these images as source material and provide it a new life through another dancing body. As intended, the work will be passed on to this next generation and the living archive continued through Mangolte’s photographic documentation.
A limited-edition artist book has been published for the occasion and will be available for purchase at the event. Please purchase tickets in advance as they are very limited and we expect to sell out.
Stephen Burks Shelter in Place Book Launch
Thursday, December 8, 6-8pm
We are thrilled to host the launch party and signing for the new book by Stephen Burks Man Made! This book is both a mid-career survey and catalogue to Burks' current exhibition at the High Museum in Atlanta. It presents the last decade of his studio's professional practice alongside new expressions of radical domesticity through craft and reflections on being an African American industrial designer. Through essays, photographs, and a conversation with the late cultural critic bell hooks, this book contextualizes Burks’ wide-ranging work while exploring design’s influence on politics, society, and culture. Stephen and his team happen to be our Navy Yard neighbors. Join all of us to celebrate with drinks and get your book signed!
Chicago native, Stephen Burks is one of the most recognized American industrial designers of his generation. He has worked as a product development consultant in close collaboration with artisans and craftspeople in over ten countries on six continents. Stephen and his Brooklyn-based studio Stephen Burks Man Made have been commissioned by many of the world’s leading design-driven brands to develop collections that engage hand production as a strategy for innovation including Cappellini, Dedon, Mass Design Group, Missoni, & Roche Bobois. His work has been exhibited internationally, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the High Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Stephen is the only African-American to win the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Product Design and the only industrial designer to be awarded the prestigious Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Every Pill I Took, Michael Lorenzini
Saturday, November 19, 4-7pm
Saturday, Nov. 19th, take a trip back a couple decades as we celebrate a book documenting the design of pills. They are of course not just any pills, as discussed in the book by the photographer Michael Lorenzini and cultural critic Carlo McCormick.
For the event, Carlo will be doing a live reading. Limited edition prints will be available and rumor has it DB will be spinning some tracks in the spirit of the book, too ;) Join us!
Dark Moon 1961: An Expired Archive
Wednesday, November 2, 6-8pm
Dark Moon 1961: An Expired Archive comprises 31 photographs of the far side of the moon. The images are facsimile reproductions of actual photographs printed traditionally on Kodak Kodabromide E-2 paper (Batch 11807-1041) that expired from recommended usage in February 1961.
The first human-made images of the far side of the moon were produced in 1968, when the Apollo 8 astronauts orbited the moon for the first time. Since the far side of the moon is locked in synchronous orbit with Earth, no one could have seen or photographed it before the Apollo 8 mission. This means the photographs represented in this book are, in essence, impossible artifacts.
Photography has long been a tool we use to understand the visible universe and create a record of time. We trust photographs because we understand the process. When that process is upended, we start to question not only the images, but what they represent.
Mother Tongue Magazine Issue 3 Launch Party
Thursday, October 27, 6-9pm
We are thrilled to host the Mother Tongue Issue 3 Launch Party! Mother Tongue is a biannual print magazine that interrogates (and celebrates) modern motherhood through inclusive stories about art, sex, pop culture, politics, food and a few things in between. It’s not about kids or how to parent them: it’s about the nuanced lives we are living—as mothers, and much more.
The evening festivities include a video installation by artist Aki Goto featured in this issue, delicious drinks, snacks and a big toast to the remarkable co-founders and contributors of this important, refreshing and very contemporary publication. Join us!
SOLITAIRE Book Launch & Exhibition
Saturday, October 22, 3-5pm
Join us this Saturday afternoon to celebrate the release of SOLITAIRE, a new book featuring the work of Henri Paul Broyard, a New York based painter who splits his time between Canaan and Brooklyn. His work, often of colorful still life settings, is informed by a combination of his own images, collected photos and personal memories from his upbringing in South Central, Los Angeles and daily encounters in New York.
Published by Last & Least Studio, SOLITAIRE is Broyard’s first publication, a limited edition of 250, and focuses on recent work accompanied by small reference paintings and photography, a selection of which will be for sale at Head Hi for the launch! Congrats and thank you to our friend Matt Borgia for partnering with us on this.
Desired Landscapes Walking Tour
Saturday, October 15, 12-2pm
Come wander with us!! When we first opened Head Hi, we set out to carry international publications featuring the most contemporary conversations on art, design and photography and discovered Desired Landscapes, an annual magazine published out of Athens, Greece. This pocket-sized magazine reading into a diverse mix of cities explores the sense of place through visual culture. A collection of person-to-place bonds, critical texts, archival material, maps and poetic snapshots, all seen through the eyes of people shaping today's cities.
We are thrilled that after four years of keeping in touch across the pond, the Editor-in-Chief Natassa Pappa is coming to New York! On Saturday, October 15th we will host a presentation of the magazine and a special neighborhood walking tour designed by Pappa herself.
Join us for this free program, RSVP below. We will meet at Head Hi at noon. Various Desired Landscapes publications will be available onsite for purchase.
Head Hi Book Kiosk at the
2022 Architecture & Design Film Festival
Sept. 28 - Oct. 2
The Head Hi Book Kiosk is BACK from September 28 - October 2! Join us at Cinépolis Cinemas in Chelsea for the Architecture & Design Film Festival. This is one of our favorite annual events with its return to in-person film screenings. We have made a special selection of books based on this year's film topics including eco-friendly fashion, segregation in design, modern Athens, Mexican concrete architecture, Danish porcelain, Finnish textiles, architectural photography and much, much more. Learn more about the Head Hi Book Kiosk here and click below to check out the films.
Book Talk with NYRA
Wednesday, Sept 21 6:30pm
Due to unforeseen circumstances, one of our speakers is not able to come tonight so we are postponing our previously scheduled book talk. Will keep you all posted with a new date soon. Apologies for any inconvenience and you can still get a copy of this amazing book at the shop or on our webshop here!
SUMMER IS MY FAVORITE FLAVOR Launch Party
Saturday, Sept 10 3-6pm
IS MY FAVORITE FLAVOR is a new quarterly food zine by Olivia Sammons. For the first edition, titled SUMMER! IS MY FAVORITE FLAVOR, creator Olivia Sammons captures the fleeting bounty of summer and all its magic. In this self-published, lo-fi magazine, Sammons celebrates the poetry of food, friends, beauty and love. With every launch, Sammons will debut a limited-edition t-shirt from which all of the profits will be donated to an organization working in the realm of food insecurity and the climate. The SUMMER! issue honors the efforts and success of One Love Community Fridge. Food can be poetry and a powerful conduit for connection, nourishment and love.
EMOCEAN Magazine Issue 3 Launch Party Weekend
Friday, Aug 12 6-9pm & Saturday, Aug 13 in Rockaway
Launch party at HHi Friday 8/12
Refreshing drinks, Justus Dj & surfy beach vibes 🌊
6-9pm. Free. 146 Flushing Ave Brooklyn
Then, Saturday 8/13 we’ll hang in the Rockaways!
At Beach 90 3-6pm 🏖 Followed by a dance party at the Moon Lot at 189 Beach 96. Join us for drinks, Thai food & music by Head Hi 🎶 6:00-10:30pm.
Co-Hosted by Emocean & Locus of Occult.
Both events are free & open to everyone 🌈
Join the summer fun!
It is our pleasure to host the upcoming release party for EMOCEAN Issue 3 "Connection" August 12,
6 - 9pm at our new location, 146 Flushing Ave. Join us to celebrate this fantastic publication founded by Thembi Hanify and Mariah Ernst, who are bringing a fresh perspective and more inclusive representation to surfing. Sounds by Justus (live DJ Set).
Issue 3 includes contributors Ryan Struck, Nicol Rodriguez Chaves, Thalia Forbes, Brie Lakin, Soraya Simi, Joanie Cappetta, Elizabeth Sine, Margaret Seelie and Chelsea Slater. Featuring conversations with Saada Ahmed & Gage Crismond, Puerto Rico Locals (non male), free surfer Holly Wawn, Selema Maseleka, Art by Scott Massey, Otis Hope Carey, a fantastic story about the recording of Humpback Whales, and lots of radness.
Come celebrate Ace Hotel Brooklyn's One Year
Saturday, July 23 12-4pm
Come join us at our neighborhood hotel Ace Hotel Brooklyn as they celebrate their first year anniversary! Head Hi has teamed up with The Mixtape Club to bring you some fabulous NYC Djs throughout the day including DJ Mihoko, Mister Cam-Run and Love Injection. Dance, eat and shop books, records, flowers and textiles with the community.
First Book Launch at Our New Location
Friday, July 15th 6-8pm
In the United States, there are many cities called Rome. These pictures document the photographer’s journey from Rome to Rome across North America. Fueled by a curiosity for these parallel ‘eternal’ cities, this body of work subtly mixes genres. Here, the American road trip meets the postcards of imperial Rome. Both subjects have been overly photographed; with their essence exhausted by representation, the allure of the American Dream and a never-ending fascination with the remnants of history. Join us to celebrate the launch of this beautiful publication and the New York introduction Veii, a new not-for-profit publishing imprint established in Rome in 2020.
Good Room Summer of Joy July 4th Weekender
with our friends Love Injection & Musclecars
Good Room's 'Summer Of Joy' series is back at their sister hotel in the Catskills, Glen Falls House! A full weekend of festivities with swimming, hiking, campfires, and music curated by Love Injection and Musclecars. The event is free to attend, however you can help support the artists playing by picking up a suggested donation ticket here. Rooms are very limited and you can only reserve via this link.
This year's Universal Lessons weekender will feature:
~ 3 nights of parties in the tavern: Friday @bringdatassbda with @toribious_monk, @beewack and @lovie.world / Saturday #universallove with @loveinjection.nyc / Sunday @coloringlessons with @musclecars.nyc
~ Daytime poolside sets by @marcoweibel, @thatmattjacobs, @misschiefcollective, @shawndub365 B2B Butter, @sweetkicksnyc
~ Live performances by @photay and @magnoliarocketship
~ Books and wares by Head Hi!!
~ Records by @the_mixtape_shop @humanheadnyc
~ Custom earplug fittings by @crystal__guardian
~ Yoga & meditation by @spiritsup215
~ Beverages by @matchabar
~ Merch and more
Launch Party for New Book by Photographer Rich Gilligan
Friday June 3rd, 7-9pm
All Sorts of Impossible Things is a personal body of work exploring the static hum and unique rhythm of everyday life in the city of Newburgh, New York. These photographs are an observation of the collective anxiety of a city caught between a wave of intense regeneration and a long history of economic struggle. Gilligan’s almost forensic and fictional approach creates an ambiguous space where the viewer is left to navigate their own personal journey through a landscape of uncertainty and confusion. This sense of disorientation and fleeting physical beauty produces an atmosphere that is as familiar and comforting as it is out of reach.
Photographer Rich Gilligan began his career photographing skateboarding in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. These roots set the groundwork for his loose, documentary approach. He began making his own zines as a teenager and worked as a skate photographer for a variety of publications worldwide. His images are often elegant and uncluttered, yet energetic and raw, stripping away the facade and capturing real and intimate moments with his subjects and their environments. He now shoots a wide range of commissioned projects worldwide while continuing to pursue his personal work. Rich has had solo exhibitions in Belfast, Melbourne, Switzerland, Inis Oirr, Kilkenny, Galway, Munich, Dusseldorf, London, Dublin. Previous photographic publications include Time/Line (Self Published) 2008, DIY (1980 Editions) 2012, Rituals (AAD) 2014, Burnside (Driftwood) 2014, DIY (Prestel) 2014, Town (The Salvage Press) 2018 and Collapsing Distance (South Wind Blows) 2021. He is currently based in Wicklow, Ireland.
NYC Design Week Event
Take a Seat is an exhibition of furniture and objects by emerging designer Brianna Nichole Love. Inspired by historic hair combs from cultures across Africa, each chair is distinct in design but is connected to the rest of the collection through the repetition of shape and motifs, creating a collection of cousins instead of twins or siblings. The chairs shown draw inspiration primarily from combs made by the Benin and Ashanti people of Nigeria and Ghana, and the care cultivated in designing something so ornate for the maintenance of oneself.
The designer, originally from San Antonio TX, and based in NYC, was inspired by her grandmother’s den which is filled with souvenirs from her travels in West Africa and served as a way for her to connect to an ancestral home. This collection serves as a love letter to her late grandmother as well as a conversation between the artworks and sculptures in her home and in museums. Currently, three of twelve chairs have been made and will be on view together with the research and drawings by the designer along with a selection of books curated by Head Hi on the key topics in Love's work.
Brianna Nichole Love is an emerging furniture designer. Having always loved designing furniture because of the scale and freedom she decided to launch her own company fern to be an exploration and experiment in form and materiality. In addition to running fern she is enrolled in the Masters of Architecture program at GSAPP. She studied Architecture and applied environmental science at Wellesley College.
Join us! Many thanks to NYCxDesign for including Take a Seat as an event promoting diversity and inclusivity within the design sector and organized by minority-owned businesses.
Head Hi & NYRA Book Launch
We are thrilled to be launching The People’s Trust, a study of the changing financial institution, specifically the repurposed remains of 19th and 20th century banks across the United States. The monumentality of these neo-classical facades stands in contrast with their new roles as liquor stores, pawn shops, churches, department stores and pharmacies. The work is in keeping with photographer Michael Vahrenwald’s investigation of locations where landscape, politics, and economics intersect, and poses questions as to what value can be derived from photographing the built world. In the case of ‘The People’s Trust,’ layers of history and time are inscribed onto false fronts of capitalistic glory. This book includes an essay by Wolfgang Scheppe and a poem by Richard Brautigan.
For the launch we, together with one of our fave publications New York Review of Architecture, will host a brief conversation with Vahrenwald (the photographer), Christopher Neville (a historical preservation expert), and Marianela D'Aprile (NYRA's new Deputy Editor). Starts at 7pm in our outdoor terrace. Join us!