OFFBEATS Sidewalk Book Launch & Signing

at Printed Matter / St Marks
September 10, 2022
2PM - 4PM

Join us at Printed Matter / St Marks Saturday September 10, 2-4, for a sidewalk launch and signing of OFFBEATS: Lower East Side Portraits, by Clayton Patterson and John Strausbaugh.

OFFBEATS is a collection of Patterson and Strausbaugh’s writings about some fascinating Lower East Side figures who have given the neighborhood its unique character. Includes portraits of NO!art founder Boris Lurie; artist and street gang leader Cochise; Yiddish theater star Molly Picon; and R. O. Tyler, aka Dr. Uranian.

Published by Coolgrove Press.

Clayton Patterson and his wife Elsa Rensaa came to New York City from Canada in 1979. Four years later, they bought a small storefront building on the Lower East Side, and began to document the history, social life, and politics of the neighborhood. Walking the streets of the Lower East Side opened opportunities to create an amazing body of photography. Over the years they developed possibly the largest inner-city archive in America—hundreds of thousands of photos, plus videos and street ephemera. In 1988, Patterson and Rensaa made a video that became known as the Tompkins Square Park Police Riot tape. In 1986 they turned their storefront into the Clayton Gallery & Outlaw Art Museum. Since 2013, Clayton has organized the annual Acker Awards to pay tribute to such artists and the community members who support them. Clayton has also edited and published a number of books on Lower East Side history, culture and politics, including Captured: A Film & Video History of the Lower East Side; Resistance: A Radical Social and Political History of the Lower East Side; and the three-volume Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side Volume 1,2,3.

John Strausbaugh has been writing about New York City history and culture for more than thirty years. From 1988 through 2002 he edited and wrote for the weekly newspaper New York Press. In 2007/8 he wrote and hosted the “Weekend Explorer” series of neighborhood articles and videos for the New York Times. He has also written for the Washington Post, the Wilson Quarterly, Evergreen Review, and the National Review. His books about New York City history include The Village, City of Sedition, and Victory City.

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