Center for Art,
Research and Alliances
July 17 – August 14, 2023

Cooler Nights

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On Monday evenings as part of bloom how you must, wild until we are free CARA will host Cooler Nights!

This series of experimental programs are inspired by Gavilán Rayna Russom's memories of the free, artist-curated “Monday Nite” series that took place between 1993 and 2001 at The Cooler, a club in the pre-gentrification Meatpacking District, not far from CARA. While active, the Monday Nite series became an important site for artists and musicians including Amiri Baraka, Debbie Harry, Peaches, Christian Marclay, and Russom herself.

Cooler Nights are co-curated by Gavilán Rayna Russom with artist pairs Yvonne LeBien and Mercury Symbol (July 24) Omari Love and Ris Gumpert (July 31), Rat Porridge and  Anka Raczynska (August 7), and CARA’s curatorial team members Rahul Gudipudi and Emmy Catedral. Cooler Nights are produced by Agustin Schang with the assistance of Marian Chudnovsky and ọmọlolú Refilwe BABÁTÚNDÉ.

Cooler Nights will take place on the following Mondays:
July 17
July 24
July 31
August 7
August 14

Images by Emmanuel Abreu

Cooler Nights
Mondays from 7-11 pm

Gyna Bootleg, Naija Couture, Maya Berman, Coi_n, Sodomahigamorra, Jodi Lin, Tivali Tanay Thomas, Many Many Girls, Lucy York, and more.

Free and open to the public.
Reservations encouraged. RSVP.

We ask that visitors stay home if feeling sick, or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days. Testing before joining us at CARA if feeling symptomatic is strongly recommended. Masks will be available for free.

The closest wheelchair accessible subway is 14th St/8th Avenue station. The entry to CARA is ADA-compliant and our bookstore and galleries are barrier free throughout, with all gender, wheelchair accessible restrooms. CARA has wheelchairs available for guest use. Please request in advance via Service animals are welcome.