An exhibition and performance art club created in a former adult-entertainment center in Times Square. 2001-2003
In 2001 Aaron Beall and Raphaele started a new project , part art center part social intervention: "Show World Center". Due to the 40%/60% law established by Rudy Giuliani all adult entertainment had to devote 40% of their business real-estate to endeavors other than adult entertainment. Beall and Shirley proposed to the Show World management to build an experimental arts club. A place where performance, theater, film, contemporary art could meld, and this seated in the heart of one of the most notorious adult entertainment centers in New York. By 2003 the space was thriving hosting art shows, video and film programs, live concerts and theater. The Scope Art Fair's first opening party was held in the space from which the below photographs were taken.
More details can be found on this project in the book "The Devil's Playground" by James Traub.