Gary Shikhman

Mikhail and I went to visit Gary Shikhman last week. He’s a former importer of Soviet Cars, a car mechanic, a computer technician, husband and father of two.  He’s also a collector of… Continue reading

Exchanging Memories

Here’s a description of the happening by Zhanara: Our intention for the Memory Exchange was to engage the residents of the Brighton Beach area in the art-making process. We wanted to create a… Continue reading

The Brighton Beach Memory Exchange this Sunday, May 6th!

On Sunday, May 6th, 10 am-3 pm, we will host a Memory Exchange on the Boardwalk at Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach. We will trade drawings made by Diana Yun and Daniel Gallegos in exchange… Continue reading

Mikhail has Arrived

Mikhail has arrived and begun to work. Here we are visiting Helen Sidorkina

May Day Radio interview live in Union Square

Fritzie Brown and Daniel Gallegos were interviewed on WBAI Pacifica Radio’s The Artsy Fartsy Show live in Union Square. We were interviewed about our project “My America” and One Big City. You can… Continue reading

Fieldwork and Making Friends

Continuing to explore the lives of people from the former Soviet Union, Zhanara and I met some friends from the former Soviet Union in Brooklyn for a Sunday dinner. On a rainy afternoon,… Continue reading

Russian Ballet School in New York on BBC News

BBC posted a wonderful video of Brighton Beach’s Irina Roizin and  her dance school. Here’s the link to the video and article:

The Brighton Beach Memory Exchange

Моя Америка (My America) will have several components to the project. Besides the museum exhibit we are also gearing up for a good old fashioned “Happening”. For this part of the project we… Continue reading

The Southern Tier of Brooklyn

I’m making a nice little collection of photos of the Southern Tier of Brooklyn. These were all caught on my Minolta 35mm film camera.

ПАСХА (EASTER) Dinner with Irina and Maxim

Yesterday, Zhanara and I were invited to a Sunday Orthodox Easter dinner at the home of our friends  Maxim and Irina. We made the trip from Morningside Heights to the Coney Island neighborhood… Continue reading