As New York reopens slowly, and carefully, the city’s museums and galleries have once again started welcoming loyal patrons—albeit with COVID-19 safety measures like timed ticketing, mandatory mask-wearing, and social distancing. In such unprecedented times of crisis, it’s worth discussing how art can serve as both a refuge from and a reflection upon events and emotions past and present. This fluid idea of memory is a central motif in “Memories Manifest,” the latest group exhibition by the experimental Palo Gallery.
“The exhibition is a rumination and exploration of memory through a series of small-scale works from seven different artists,” explains founder-curator Paul Henkel. “Particularly in this time, memory is one of the few things we still have to remember the past pre-coronavirus and pre-election—or perhaps just taking us back to a sense of comfort. Yet, there are also works that don’t glorify memory in a nostalgic way. Memory can be problematic as well.”