Bushwick in the ’80s
On July 24 at 7 p.m., photographer Meryl Meisler will present her new book A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick at Strand Book Store (828 Broadway, at 12th St.; 212-473-1452). As the title suggests, Meisler’s photographs juxtapose glam, Studio 54–era discothèques and a decidedly less polished, pre-gentrification Bushwick scene. Meisler will discuss her career (she’s exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney, and Grand Central Terminal) and her connection to the neighborhood—in 1981 she moved to Bushwick to teach art at a public middle school. A Q&A and book signing will follow. Purchase of A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick (or a $15 gift card) grants admittance.
On July 26, the Museum of Modern Art (11 W. 53rd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-708-9400) debuts an exhibition dedicated to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the Postimpressionist famous for empathetic scenes of Paris brothels and nightclubs. “The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters” pulls from the museum’s collection of over 100 posters, lithographs, and illustrated books and marks the museum’s first Lautrec solo exhibition in 30 years. Highlights include his characteristic depictions of the Moulin Rouge and its performers, and his “Elles” portfolio of brothel workers in quiet, everyday moments. Tickets are $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $14 for students, and free for children 16 and under.
Dig into hand-dyeing at the Museum of Arts and Design (2 Columbus Circle, nr. 58th St.; 212-299-7777) with fiber artist and textile expert Isa Rodrigues, who will be hosting an intimate indigo-dyeing workshop on July 26 at 1 p.m. Known as “blue gold,” indigo has a rich history as a luxury item. Participants will learn how to hand-dye textiles, and all the materials will be provided. Tickets (available here) are $65 for the general public and $55 for museum members. Space is limited.