Artwork by Steve Marcus
Through the Hat is a collection of works from NYC-based artist Steve Marcus that includes over twenty-six wood-carved sculptures and ritual objects, more than a baker’s dozen hand-drawn works of art on paper and custom synagogue furniture. Marcus seamlessly weaves together his childhood memories of bagels and bialys, pickles and green tomatoes from the barrel, and paper-wrapped whitefish chubs with his personal journey and passion for his own roots and culture.
Tales from the Golden Medina is a new series of work that expands on the Through the Hat exhibit, inspired by underground comics and Jewish wisdom from the shtetl. The exhibit was documented by photographer and legendary darkroom master Sid Kaplan of “Vanishing NY” fame, who like Marcus is an Lower East Side resident. Marcus welcomes the viewer to go further and deeper into his world of contemporary kosher folk art and stroll through his humorous depictions of everyday Jewish life, which expose a few of life’s great secrets.
The exhibit opens June 24, 2021 in the Center’s Brechner Gallery and continues in the Upstairs Gallery. For more information regarding visitor hours and protocols, see our Plan Your Visit page.
NYC artist Steve Marcus has been creating artwork for popular and unpopular culture mostly from his Lower East Side studio. He received honors and awards from the American Society of Illustrators, has been recognized as one of the 500 most influential outsiders in the United States by Future 500, has several works in the permanent collection of the Oakland Museum of California, The Jewish Museum of Florida- FIU, The Miami-Dade PLS and private collections of art lovers in the United States and abroad. He's shown multiple times in Miami at Art Basel and collaborated with Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary, and the Miguel Pinero and Norman Mailer Estates. Marcus has created art for MTV, the New York Times, Esquire, High Times Magazine, XXL, Guitar World, Conde Nast Publications, & animations for the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Californication World Tour, in a career that has spanned over a quarter century. You can learn more about Steve and his work at smarcus.com.