Newsletter - April 6, 2021




Ask The Experts: Lisa Mangels-Schaefer - Live on Zoom! This Wednesday, April 7, 7pm, ET

Lisa Mangels-Schaefer has been the curator of the Coney Island Museum (CIM) since 2016. As the great-grandaughter of renowned amusement innovator W.F. Mangels, she spent her childhood playing in the family factory on W 8th Street, enjoying unlimited turns on such iconic rides as The Whip. Growing up surrounded by the legacy of three generations of amusement manufacturers, she developed a strong interest in the preservation and renewal of Coney Island, leading to her connection with Coney Island USA.

As curator, Lisa has worked to upgrade the Museum’s archives and preservation infrastructure. She has spearheaded the restoration of the CIM’s Tornado car and several rare paintings, directed numerous improvements to the galleries and installations, and expanded the CIM’s permanent collection with important acquisitions.

When she is not advocating on behalf of Coney Island, Lisa is involved in archiving and preserving her family's collection of photos, documents, and ephemera. She is currently working on a book documenting the history of theMangels family in Coney Island.

Tickets are only $5 and support the Museum and Arts programming at Coney Island USA!

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Ticket sales end on Wednesday, April 7th at 5pm, ET.

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Ask The Experts: Toni-Lee Sangastiano - Live on Zoom! Wednesday, April 14, 7pm, ET

Dr. Toni-Lee Sangastiano is a sideshow banner painter and multidisciplinary artist whose work examines the carnivalesque through painting, printmaking, books arts, typography and maker technology. Her interest in this theme began as a child on the boardwalks of the Jersey shore and was later fostered at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) by Professor Marie Roberts and Artistic Director Dick Zigun of Coney Island's Sideshows by the Seashore in 1997, when she painted her first sideshow banners.

After living and teaching graphic design in Vermont for over fifteen years, Toni-Lee had a serendipitous “homecoming” in 2019 when she painted the “Freak Show Alley” mural for the Coney Island Brewery. She continues to document and contribute to sideshow history through painted banners for performers and fans alike, classical oil paintings of show people and carnivalesque landscapes, and her doctoral dissertation, “Dialogic Dissensus: The Postmodern Sideshow” through the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts.

Sangastiano’s exhibitions include the Yale School of Art, the Robert Hull Fleming Museum, the Shelburne Museum and Tate Modern, London. Her work was recently acquired by the Italian American Museum of Washington DC (IAMDC).

She currently lives in Virginia, is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Studio Art and Digital Media Specialist at Georgetown University and is an Adjunct Professor at her alma mater, FDU.

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Ticket sales end on Wednesday, April 14th at 5pm.

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Ask The Experts: Stefan Falke - Live on Zoom! Wednesday, April 21, 7pm, ET

Reportage photographer Stefan Falke was born in Paderborn, Germany, in 1956. After abandoning his civil engineer studies he worked as a photographer's assistant in Munich and later as a silk screen printer in Hamburg. He moved to New York in the mid 80s for a while where he photographed for German and Austrian magazines. After his return to Hamburg in the early 90s, German film studios hired him as a set photographer for movies filmed mostly in Europe and Africa. He credits his time working on movie sets with “my most important time for becoming a working photographer". Besides his assignments he started a long-term photography project about a stilt walking school in the Caribbean titled "Moko Jumbies: The Dancing Spirits of Trinidad", which was exhibited at the prestigious photo festival "Visa Pour L'Image" in Perpignan/France in 2004 and published in New York as a book with the same title.

He again lives and works in New York City. For his ongoing project “LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US – Mexican Border” he photographed about 200 artists on both sides of the 2000 miles long US-Mexico border in order to put a spotlight on the vibrant cultural activities of this bi-national region which is portrayed by politicians and the international media mostly with the sole focus on violent crime and illegal immigration. This project so far resulted in 18 solo exhibitions (in Germany, the United States and Mexico) and a book, LA FRONTERA, published by Edition Faust (Germany), and numerous interviews and publications, among them the New York Times, BBC, Wired, Huffington Post …. and many others (see list below).

His most current project about the empty streets of New York during the Covid 19 pandemic resulted in the self published book ( / 2021) titled Keep Going New York !! A series of 10 pictures from this book were awarded 2nd place for series by the American Society of Media Photographers in the Best of ASMP 2020 contest, January 2021.

Stefan Falke's photographs were presented by international galleries, photo festivals and museums: Visa Pour l'Image, Perpignan (France), Photoville, Brooklyn (USA), Triennale der Photographie, Hamburg (Germany), Festival Tijuana Interzona (Mexico), IMAS - International Museum for Art and Science, McAllen, Texas (USA), The Cervantes Institute, Cultural Institute of Spain, Frankfurt (Germany), Galeria 409, Brownsville, Texas, (USA), The Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, D.C. (USA), CEART Mexicali, (Mexico), Deutsches Haus at NYU, New York City (USA) ... just to name a few (see detailed list below).

He became a member of the German photo agency "laif / agentur fuer photos und reportagen" in 1999 (Laif is represented by Redux in the US).

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Ticket sales end on Wednesday, April 21st at 5pm.

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Save the Date! April 29, 2021! Coney Island USA's Spring 2021 Virtual Gala!


A Night of High-Voltage Entertainment
Produced in Cooperation With Jesse Malin, Bowery Electric, and Rolling Live Studios

Coney Island USA, with the legendary Jesse Malin, Bowery Electric, and Rolling Live Studios, invites you to join us virtually for Coney Island … Baby!, a very special event benefiting our famed not-for-profit multicultural arts organization. Coney Island … Baby! is an evening of rock, sideshow, and spoken word performances — a powerful showcase of the music on which Bowery Electric built its name and the glorious magic of Coney Island.

Tickets $20 exclusively through Bowery Electric (coming soon)
Additional Details to Follow

Poster by Jennie Jones

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