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A Gathering of the Tribes (former)

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Iconic East Village gallery and performance space

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : East Village
Residential, Arts and Entertainment, Performance

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Steve Cannon, Founder and Executive Director of A Gathering of the Tribes, has been called many things. Mentor, pioneer, icon and prophet are a few of the more common appellations. He is known as a poet, a novelist and a playwright, and also as a long-time fixture at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, where he was variously esteemed “the Professor,” and demonized as “the Heckler.” At the very least, Cannon is a local legend, and A Gathering of the Tribes (aka Tribes), his Lower East Side gallery and performance space, is an institution. For twenty-one years, Cannon and the Tribes gallery have been located on the second floor of 285 East Third Street. The modestly- sized apartment is Cannon’s residence, his office, and an incubator for visual and performing artists from every corner of the world. As of 2012, these functions are indistinguishable; the man is the space is the art...

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Bob Holman

Steve Cannon is an icon, a poetic revelation from the Lower East Side. (January 2012)

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