This is week three of my SoHo exhibition. I think it has been rather successful thus far. Not in the sense that it has drawn large crowds from far and wide, but it has shed a (dappled) light on the mysterious ways of my ex-expat parents in the eyes of locals. My parents spent more than half of their lives in New York. How could they not have brought it back to Okazaki with them?
Taking their wealth of experience as artists and then gallery owners in New York, my parents, who have now retired, have opened a gallery in Japan in an old warehouse that used to house, of all things, a fabric recycling storage space. Yes, the rag trade, so prevalent in SoHo when my parents arrived in 1968, followed them all the way back to Okazaki.
This May, I will be traveling in Japan with my family, and while I am there, I will be having a SoHo Memory Project exhibition at my father’s gallery in his hometown of Okazaki. I will display of photos and artifacts related to this blog and the story it tells about the SoHo experience as lived by its pioneers.
Everyday Life in SoHo
Jan 26 2013
The SoHo Memory Project celebrates the history of SoHo as a New York City neighborhood.