When: Fri., Nov. 18 2011
In 2008, Manhattan photographer Angelo Merendino's wife, Jennifer, was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. In the three years since, the disease has spread to her liver, hip, sacrum, and brain. When words failed, Merendino — an Akron native and former member of the Cleveland punk band the Vacancies — took up his camera to document the day-to-day fears and traumas that accompany the disease. His pictures now have become The Battle We Didn't Choose, a quietly mighty photo documentary debuting tonight at the 78th Street Studios, as part of the Third Friday art walk. Beyond its artistic punch, the powerful exhibition serves as a benefit to address Jennifer's growing medical bills. (She and Angelo first met, incidentally, at the former Fulton Bar & Grill in Ohio City, which is now Momocho.) The exhibit also gives the couple a chance to put a human face on the disease. "Pink ribbons serve a purpose," says Merendino, "but they do not tell the whole story of breast cancer." This moving exhibition helps fill in the gaps. Tonight's opening runs from 5 to 9 p.m. in Room 101. Food and drinks will be provided by Momocho and the Market Avenue Wine Bar. It's free, but donations will be accepted. The exhibit continues through December 16. — Joseph Clark 1305 West 80th St., 78streetstudios.com.