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Meet Me at the Margin: A Love Affair with Curtis Cuffie

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Join Carol Thompson and special guests for an evening dedicated to the life and love of downtown New York artist, Curtis Cuffie.

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In the ’80s and ’90s, Cuffie’s jerry-rigged assemblages were a fixture on the Bowery and Cooper Square. He became known for the odd grace and mysterious humor of these impromptu sculptures and installations, built from pieces of fabric, loose wires, scavenged furniture and toys, old clothes and other found materials, and displayed on fences, outdoor walls and sidewalks. His sculptures were often removed by the city or destroyed by the elements, but he would quickly replace them, over the years building an audience of devotees.

His work eventually found its way into the art world, included in group shows at American Primitive, Exit Art and Flamingo East, where it often sat beside that of other emerging artists such as Rachel Harrison, Lucky DeBellevue and Rob Pruitt. For an exhibition he was included in at the legendary 4th Street Photo, Curtis Cuffie came to the gallery with a can of shaving cream and wrote the word LOVE in giant, looping, foaming letters across a white wall. Cuffie was born in Hartsville, South Carolina, and came to Brooklyn at the age of 15. His work was shown at the American Visionary Art Museum, in Baltimore, and was supported by the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, where he was an artist-in-residence. He died of a heart attack in 2002 at the age of 47.

Through Carol Thompson’s personal recollections and photographs, and in conversation with guests who have their own stories to share, a portrait of the artist will be drawn throughout the evening for those who remember seeing Cuffie and his masterworks in passing, and for those now just learning an important part of Downtown New York history.

This is event is in conjunction with Souls Grown Diaspora, an exhibition curated by Sam Gordon and selected through apexart’s Open Call. Souls Grown Diaspora is on view at apexart through March 7, 2020. Text excerpted from "The Art of Other Suns: A Consideration of Work Made in the Wake of the Great Migration" writted by Sam Gordon for Ursula: Issue 5, 06 January 2020.

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