Thursday, July 21, 2016
“I’m an extrovert,” said Geraldine Visco, wearing a bell-bottom body suit, gold chains, a pink cowboy hat, neon blue lipstick and little stars painted on her face.
One isn’t likely to argue with her.
By day, Ms. Visco directs academic administration and finance for the classics department at Columbia University, where she cuts a flamboyant figure at the Ivy League institution. At night, she dresses up in even frillier outfits, as she stomps through nightclub parties with a high-decibel glee.
At 61, Ms. Visco may be one of the city’s oldest club kids.
“When I dress outrageously, people enjoy it,” Ms. Visco said on a recent Tuesday in her Upper East Side apartment, which is dotted with bags of clothes left behind by young gay men who boarded there. “They find it funny. Homeless people on the subway don’t mess with me. They like my outfits and my eyelashes.”
“Some people think I’m a drag queen,” she said, looking pleased.
Earlier this year, she was asked to be one of the hosts of a hospital-themed party at Disorder, a Saturday night dance that was held at Stage 48, a club in Hell’s Kitchen. Listed on the invitation (under patients) as Geriatric Visco, she hammed it up in hair curlers and orthopedic shoes, hobbling on a walker as she announced, “Make way for the old lady.” Inside, she greeted people, danced around on the walker and angled for free drinks.
Emerge Gallery is pleased to present “Tight Rope: A Joint Exhibition of Work By Carmen Bury and Robert Greco” from July 23 - 31, 2016, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 23, 2016, from 5-8 PM. All are welcome. This is a very short and limited exhibit, so be sure to stop by during the run of "Tight Rope."
Carmen Bury is a self-taught artist who works with reclaimed and repurposed materials, especially fabrics. She is influenced by mythology, fair tales and folk lore. Abstract artist Robert Greco is influenced and inspired by his consumption of counter-culture of all kinds. His process is guided by movement, mood and music. www.emergegalleryny.com. Emerge Gallery is located at 228 Main St in Saugerties, NY.