Reclaiming Eve Adam's Tearoom in this performance piece. Over the course of a few hours, the garden regained it's original purpose; women celebrating each other and having the freedom to speak their minds.
You might know this site as La Lanterna di Vittorio. But in 1925 and 1926, it was the site of Eve Adam’s tearoom.
It was an after-hours lesbian club run by Eve Kotchever, a polish-jewish emigré. The club was at the forefront of sexual liberation and literature at the time, and on the door read a sign that said “Men are admitted but not welcome”.
The speak-easy was closed down after a couple years because an undercover police officer saw some of Eve's lesbian literature. She was eventually deported, and moved to Paris, working again in the literature world, and opening up another club. Unfortunately, in WWII, Eve was killed in Auschwitz.
Now, 129 MacDougal is a family Italian restaurant, with no sign at all of the history that took place there, though the historic building has not changed much since that day.
When Eve posted "Men Are Admitted, But Not Welcome", she was curating. She was choosing who could come in, and making sure that the space reflected the desires of the people who came to frequent it.
Therefore, this proposal is to curate the building, only keeping the greenhouse at the back, destroying the grounds where Eve was betrayed and where so many stories were forgotten.
The act of keeping the glass building is a protest against women having to hide themselves, and mute themselves. The glass represents freedom.