The Show Must Go On: Lucien Smith to Open at Half Gallery Despite Blackout

Jonah Wolf

Mayor Bloomberg just announced that power will return to most of Manhattan by midnight tonight, but the folks at Half Gallery on Forsyth Street apparently didn't want to wait that long. Owner Bill Powers confirmed that the opening of Lucien Smith's "Good Vibrations" will occur tonight as scheduled, "with flashlights and maybe a generator." It's unclear whether the pieces in the show will resemble the unprimed canvases Smith has speckled with black acrylic spots for previous exhibitions: the flyer (above) evinces a rock 'n' roll aesthetic to fit the show's title. It's hard to imagine guests getting much of a sense of artworks illuminated only by flashlights -- the sun should have set just before six, when the opening starts. Still, it might be a nice way for the Lower East Side to celebrate the imminent return to normalcy.

Half Gallery, 208 Forsyth Street. 

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