A Day at the Gallery: “All Valid” Explores Skate Culture at New York’s Chinatown Soup

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In an unsual fashion, an art show in New York’s Lower East Side invites people to touch the art. In fact, they’re encouraging skaters to bring their boards and ride through the exhibition and pieces on display.

The New York skate culture, which thrived in the 90’s, has changed drastically over the past two and a half decades. Chinatown Soup, the new downtown gallery, aims to make viewers reconsider New York skate culture with “All Valid.”

The exhibit, curated by Leila Samii and Sean Gallagher, features photography, decorated boards, paintings, and two interactive pieces, including a quarter pipe in the backyard inspired by legendary skate spot the “Chinatown Banks.”

“All Valid” will run through Sept. 15 at Chinatown Soup: 16 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002.