Lower East Side Walking Tour of “Rainbow Shoe Repair: An Unexpected Theater of Flyness”


Rainbow Shoe Repair An Unexpected Theater of Flyness exhibition exteriorRainbow Shoe Repair An Unexpected Theater of Flyness exhibition exteriorPhoto Curtains and images on displayEnlarged photographs on brick wall of Rainbow Shoe Repair exhibitionFather and daughter in photograph on brick wallphotographs on display at Rainbow Shoe Repair: An Unexpected Theater of Flyness

Explore the neighborhood wide exhibition "Rainbow Shoe Repair: An Unexpected Theater of Flyness" with the curator and Elroy Gay, one of the subjects in the Rainbow Shoe Repair archive on this walking tour on the Lower East Side. From the late 1980s to early 2000s, Rainbow Shoe Repair, a shoe cobbler was located at 170 Delancey Street on the Lower East Side. As a side hustle on top of fixing shoes, the staff at Rainbow became well-known for taking affordable passport photos and portraits for neighborhood locals Josef Borukhov, who operated the shop from the 1980s to mid 1990s, had a talent for photography, and his collection of primary color curtains served as the backdrop for portraits.

By that time, Rainbow Shoe Repair had become a Lower East Side staple in a pre-Instagram world, where local residents stopped by for a casual shot of a fly outfit, or to document important milestones like communions, graduations, and everything in between. Now, the exhibition "Rainbow Shoe Repair: An Unexpected Theater of Flyness" at the Abrons Art Center and in multiple locations on the Lower East Side showcases some of those portraits that were taken when the shoe shop was open. The photographs were acquired through an open call and from the Rainbow Shoe Repair archive.

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Details

  • Registration for this event opens Thursday, February 27th, 2020 at 12PM EST
  • Date and Time: Thursday March 11th at 5 PM
  • Capacity: 15 people
  • Meeting Location: Henry Street Settlement, 265 Henry St, New York, NY 10002