Wednesday, October 31, 2018

SSHH — 'a multi-purpose mutant space' — debuts tonight on 6th Street

[Image via Instagram]

SSHH opens its doors tonight at 516 East Sixth St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.

The venue, operated by Nick Schiarizzi and Bráulio Amado, describes itself as a "multi-purpose mutant space where you can come and learn, make, buy or share something."

Every day from 2 to 7 p.m., SSHH will operate as a store, selling art, T-shirts, random undeveloped film rolls. Monday through Thursday after 7 p.m., the space will host events, classes, talks, art happenings, etc.

The November calendar is on the SSHH Instagram account...

Many of the events are free, others have a $10 fee... (and the introduction to French classes are $150 for six, 2-hour sessions).

The SSHH literature states the owners are not some trust-funders trying to create an exclusive art gallery. "This is a storefront space that we are still defining, and we want people to be part of it. We think that people want to learn and create past age 30 or 40 or 50 or 60 and this space is for you to do that," per an SSHH pamphlet. (They note that the monthly rent is $2,500.)

You can check it out for yourself tonight during the grand opening. Per the Facebook invite:

Please join us for the opening of SSHH (Sixth Street Haunted House) on Halloween, October 31, from 7 pm to 10 pm. It'll be like a gallery opening - open, casual, a celebratory situation.

This isn't a haunted house in the traditional sense, but it's a place that you can haunt, visit, and check out as regularly as you like.

This new space will host talks, classes, participatory events and art openings, as well as a store that will sell interesting things.

We are looking forward to meeting our neighbors, seeing our friends, and kicking off all of the creative stuff we're gonna do with you in the years to come.

The small storefront was previously home to the no-frills USA Body Work massage place.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"We think that people want to learn and create past age 30 or 40 or 50 or 60 and this space is for you to do that."

It would be nice to have a place that recognizes that people over 40 still have an interest in learning, being involved in a community and would like to intermix with neighbors of all ages. It's so hard to connect to the population here, either because they don't look up from their phones/laptops or because they think anyone over 40 have nothing to contribute.