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Uploaded on Oct 27, 2008
ART AND CONVERSATION - "Hilarious" and bubbly Kate Rigg is our guide to "A Big New York Gallery Opening" where we are guests of charming gallery owner, exhibitionist - Valerie Shakespeare (who claims to be related to the original William Shakespeare) and her fascinating and magnetic husband, Actualist Artist - "That's The Art Part"-Tery Fugate-Wilcox.
An odd, unusual and often delightful evening at Shakespeare's Fulcrum Gallery in Soho, reminds me of how much I love being a New Yorker. Kate brilliantly guides us through an evening of "Art and Conversation", exhibitionism and local color and then finally "pops" the very serious question... "Do I smell like Dick"?
The gallery became well known in the artworld, for its sit-down dinner parties, every Tuesday night, which Shakespeare cooked herself and served on an ever-expanding long table, down the center of the gallery. The dinners were "intimate affairs for forty or fifty people", including such celebrity guests as Michael Kennedy, Mary McFadden, Robert De Niro, Robert Goulet, Eric Douglas, John De Lorean, John Kennedy and his wife, Caroline, many of whom bought art, supported the gallery or just loved to "hang out".
The gallery closed in 2002, when the effects of the September 11, 2001 attacks effectively closed down SoHo. Although the gallery struggled to keep its doors open, especially since several of its staff were living in the gallery, after they were made homeless by the collapse of the twin towers, the inability, coupled with unwillingness of clients to fly into New York City in the aftermath of the tragedy, finally caused Fvlcrvm Gallery, along with many other galleries and businesses, to go out of business and close its doors permanently.
I hope you enjoy this really special evening and of course, "THE ART ON THE WALLS"! See if you can answer the age-old question, "Has art gone to the dogs?"
Sincerely, Richard Currier
PS: Valiere & Tery, thank you for your generous spirit in bringing so many people together.
Sadly, Valerie Monroe Shakespeare died on May 18th, 2011.