While Golub shakes up the apolitical art world, the Storefront Gallery (51 Prince St.) is trying to rescue a victim of bureaucratic persecution -- or so the story goes.
The story began a few years back when Adam Purple, a self-styled transient who lives in an abandoned building on the Lower East Side, created "The Garden of Eden," a labyrinth of flowers and vegetables in a burned-out lot next door. With soil made from a mixture of crumbling bricks, rotting wood and manure from the hansom-cab horses in Central Park, the garden not only bloomed, but flourished. Last summer, however, the New York City Housing Authority announced that by the end of the year the garden would be destroyed and a housing project would rise in its place.
Enter Glenn Weiss and Kyong Park, co-owners of the Storefront Gallery. From a list of about 100 architects around the world, they solicited alternative designs that would not only spare the garden but still allow the city to receive the $13 million in federal aid earmarked to build the housing project. "Let's Not Have Adam Thrown Out of Paradise Again" is the label Bombay architect Uttam Jain gave his plan, a stadiumlike structure surrounding the garden.
The exhibition of these alternative plans, which has been up since Sept. 15, apparently had an influence on some thinking in City Hall. A little more than a week ago the Housing Authority applied for a six-month extension on the Jan. 1 deadline. Val Coleman, a spokeswoman for the authority, nevertheless insists that the exhibition had no bearing on the application. "Let's just say the situation is more fluid now," he said.