[Now and then]
Last month, Mark McKinney was walking around the East Village with his son.
From 1996-1997, he ran a gallery, McKinney Arts, at 526 E. 11th St. between Avenue A and Avenue B. When he went by the storefront in December, he saw that it was a flex rental space available for pop-up shows.
"I figured, what's the likelihood of the exact same space being available 22 years later?" McKinney, who now lives and works from Belleville, N.J., told me. "So I rented the space for this weekend, tracked down a number of artists who I represented 22 years ago, and I've curated a show called "McKinney Arts REDUX."
The two-day show is tomorrow (Saturday!) and Sunday. A few details:
A pop-up show featuring art by:
Peter Bregoli, Jennie Booth, Peter Carey, Marguerite Day, Fred Fleisher, Mark McKinney, Tony Nogueira, and Brad Terhune.
Saturday, 2-9 p.m., with an opening reception from 6-9 p.m.
Sunday, noon-8 p.m.
Before moving to 11th Street, McKinney lived on Stanton Street and ran an impromptu exhibition space there.
"The 'bedroom' was so small, I couldn't fit my bed in there, so I turned it into a gallery," he said.