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The RAE Show, Live and Living on the Lower East Side

It takes a lot to impress us these days, in a city where we are blessed with free Ai Weiwei installations, infinity room photo ops from Yayoi Kusama, and fantastic public art in every neighborhood. Despite being total art snobs, we MUST treat ourselves to this incredible feat by artist RAE BK, who is living , yes LIVING, in the storefront window of 130 Allen Street everyday until Thanksgiving, making art all the live long day, while wearing various character heads to hide his identity. The project is also being live streamed on his website- it is an “only in New York” experience and I suggest you get yourself over there now!

Photo: @photorobnyc

You are invited…

“The RAE Show” = LIVE 24 hours, 7 days a week

“The RAE Show” = From Halloween to Thanksgiving in New York City
“The RAE Show” = From the mundane to the insane
“The RAE Show” = Like nothing the artist has done before
“The RAE Show” = 130 Allen Street, NYC


A window display into a world where collaborative performance art meets the avant-garde work of RAE.

Brooklyn artist, painter and assemblage sculptor, RAE (aka RAE BK) will be confined to living inside the windows of his unique ‘storefront stage’ in Manhattan’s Lower Eastside, opening at 5:00pm on Oct. 31st through November 22, 2017, 130 Allen Street, NYC.   The RAE Show” will feature a continuous look at an artist at work, at life and at times…. asleep in his own bed. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for about a month the public will be able to view RAE in eccentric headdress disguises, creating sketches, painting, drawing on the walls and banging away at sculptures made of found materials. The line between the process of making art and performance art will be completely blurred, inside a space only RAE could dream up.

The second component to “The RAE Show”, will be the performers and NY-centric characters joining him periodically throughout his stay. Animals, musicians, DJs, bizarre performers, and people doing mundane things will simultaneously occupy space within this “street-level theatre”, creating unusual juxtapositions RAE has long envisioned. This continuous cycle of art and life will play out live to an audience of New Yorkers as they pass by as well online to viewers worldwide as it’s live-streamed to Youtube. 

RAE is always searching for new ways to bring his work to the everyday person. Whether it be opening his own pop-up bodega for “Word Of Mouth” in the East Village in 2013 to sell chips and soft drinks alongside his paintings and sculptures, or creating a underground museum in the basement of a former chinatown butcher shop for “Trunk Work” in 2015, RAE continues to challenge the ways in which art is consumed.

RAE’s murals, paste-ups, stickers and found object sculptures affixed to poles and other site-specific locations, can be found worldwide, in places like Ethiopia, Berlin and Los Angeles. Show attendees will have a sidewalk view to ‘The RAE Show’ as they peer into the storefront windows. For information about RAE and watch Livestreaming, check out and Instagram @rae_bk,

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