The Angel Orensanz Foundaton, housed in the oldest synagogue in New York City, is a Lower East Side Landmark, completely self-sustaining thanks to its status as one of New York City‘s most popular event venues. The Angel Orensanz Foundation maintains its role in the Lower East Side art community by providing an exhibition space at the lower level of the building.

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Angel Orensanz Center.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Angel Orensanz (Spain, 1944), educated in Barcelona and Paris, opened his studio in New York in the early 1980’s after working with several architects such as Marcel Breuer, Martin Gelber and John Portman. He has created major installation concepts for environmental shows such as Holland Park, London; Red Square, Moscow; Roppongi-Park and Senso-ji, Tokyo; the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin; and ABC Playground (Houston St.), New York. Since the early 1990’s he has developed a prolific body of work in performance, conceptual art and video.

These pieces often carry a marked political and social commentary, reinforced by a very personal poetic language, such as “The shattered Tent” during the wars of the Balkans or his multimedia “Burning Universe” for Venice; “Razor in the Eye (Bunuel)” for Florence; and the series “In Nasa’s Lab” and the “Steppes of Mars”, developed and shown in his New York space along with the Floating Sistine Chapel and Matter/Light.

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