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LARRY KRONE BRAND & HOUSE OF LARRÉON’S LOOK BOOK, SEPTEMBER 2-25
A Special Exhibition Featuring Photos by Todd Oldham
In Conjunction with The Public Theater’s Rock Bottom
New York, NY – August 6, 2014 – As part of Joe’s Pub at The Public’s new artist-in-residence initiative, artist/entertainer Larry Krone will premiere a selection of photos from his forthcoming art book, LOOK BOOK. The book showcases the inspired creations of Larry Krone BRAND and the House of Larréon in photos by designer and photographer Todd Oldham. Running in conjunction with The Public Theater’s 2014-15 season presentation of Bridget Everett’s Rock Bottom, the exhibition will be on view from September 2-25 on The Public Theater’s Philip and Janice Levin Foundation Mezzanine. There will be an opening night party on Tuesday, September 2 at 5:30PM.
The House of Larréon was born in 2010 when Krone joined forces with his friend and muse, alt-cabaret superstar Bridget Everett. His mission was to create gowns that would thrill Everett’s audiences while underscoring her identity as a supremely powerful woman, fearless in body and soul. Before all this, inspired by the contradictory yet fundamental relationship between showmanship and authenticity in mainstream country music, Krone introduced Larry Krone BRAND in 1997 with Western costumes he made for his Larry Krone and Family shows.
Todd Oldham brings his trademark vision of vibrant, uncomfortable beauty to the main photos of LOOK BOOK, which are accompanied by photos by acclaimed concert photographer Kevin Yatarola and snapshots taken by Krone. LOOK BOOK’s primary model for House of Larréon is Everett, while Krone models his own Larry Krone BRAND Western wear. Other models in the book include Jim Andralis, Becca Blackwell, Kathleen Hanna, Erin Markey, Neal Medlyn, Adrienne Truscott and more.
The Joe’s Pub artist commitment takes a different shape with Krone’s exhibition. Shanta Thake, director of Joe’s Pub at The Public, said, “Larry’s work, on stage, as a visual artist and as a costume designer at Joe’s Pub has elevated and enhanced the work of so many performers. I have watched his constantly surprising and evolving collaborations flourish over the years on and off the stage. We feel passionate about supporting his work in this way so it can continue to grow and enrich our arts community.”
Framed exhibition photos will be available for sale by silent auction (details are to be announced). Funds from the auction will go toward the production of the book, which is slated for release in 2015. Some proceeds from book sales will benefit the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls.
Bridget Everett’s Rock Bottom will have its world premiere as part of The Public’s 2014-15 season. Created by Everett with Tony Award-winning songwriting duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman,Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Matt Ray, Rock Bottom runs September 9-October 11 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30PM and Saturdays at 11:30PM. Tickets are available now.
Larry Krone, born in Chicago and raised in St. Louis, is a New York-based artist, performer and designer. He has been exhibiting his drawings, sculptures, installations and videos since the early 1990s, most recently at Pierogi (Brooklyn) with an accompanying performance at Joe’s Pub. His work has been seen at the Contemporary Baltimore, the Museum of Contemporary Craft (in conjunction with PICA), the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Philip Morris Branch (New York), New Museum, the Drawing Center and the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, which presented Larry Krone: Artist/Entertainer, a 10-year retrospective of Krone’s visual and performance work in 2006.
Krone’s costume design and fabrication for his own performances has led to the creation of House of Larréon, his line of custom gowns and stage costumes, outfitting cabaret performers, dancers and rock singers including Bridget Everett, Neal Medlyn, Adrienne Truscott and Kathleen Hanna.
As a performer, Krone has appeared at music and art venues in New York including Joe’s Pub, La MaMa, Dixon Place, PS 122, Starlight Bar & Lounge, and the Whitney Museum of American Art as well as Mercer Union (Toronto), Croxhapox (Gent), Blueberry Hill (St. Louis), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Better Days Project (Hamburg), and Someday Lounge (Portland, OR). Krone is a 2014 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Governor’s Island resident, a 2013 Millay Colony fellow, a 2011 and 2012 MacDowell Colony fellow and a New York Foundation for the Arts 2009 fellow.
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is a non-profit music and mentoring program that brings together girls and women from diverse communities and encourages them to explore self-expression through music and make positive change in the world. The organization runs a summer day camp, after school programs, and community events in New York City. All programs are offered free of charge or with sliding scale tuition, and classes are taught by volunteers.
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ABOUT JOE’S PUB AT THE PUBLIC Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe’s Pub at The Public opened in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public’s mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. Joe’s Pub consistently presents the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community and artistic freedom. The organization also offers unique opportunities like New York Voices, an artist commissioning program that provides musicians the resources and tools needed to develop original theater works. Commissioned artists have included Ethan Lipton, Toshi Reagon, Bridget Everett, Allen Toussaint and more. In 2011, the Pub received a top-to-bottom renovation, leading to improved sightlines, expanded seating capacity and a new menu from acclaimed Chef Andrew Carmellini. With its intimate atmosphere and superior acoustics, Joe’s Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public’s programming downtown at its Astor Place home, hosting approximately 800 shows and serving over 100,000 audience members annually.
ABOUT THE PUBLIC THEATER AT ASTOR PLACEUnder the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues-including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe’s Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to its beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City’s five boroughs. The Public’s wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company’s dedication to making theater accessible to all, new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, and a range of artist and audience development initiatives including its Public Forum series, which brings together theater artists and professionals from a variety of disciplines for discussions that shed light on social issues explored in Public productions. The Public Theater is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.