Knobkerry (Sara Penn) - Celebrate 28 Years New Tribeca Location invitation post card
Knobkerry (Sara Penn). Celebrate 28 Years New Tribeca Location invitation post card
New York: Knobkerry, 1993.
4 1/2" x 6".
Near fine, but for slight corner wear and rubbing to verso.
Scarce postcard invitation to Knobkerry's then new location in Tribeca featuring a Fante Asafo Flag from Ghana in West Africa.
From the early 1960s, Knobkerry traded in textiles and ethnographic objects, which Penn expertly transformed into coveted patchwork garments and arranged in elaborate and densely layered displays. In Penn’s hands, these items registered the local effects of globalization, including increased access to objects of international trade, eager markets for fashionable multiculturalism, and a conflicted relationship to American identity. Intimately produced with her singular expertise and craftsmanship, Penn’s work was publicly lauded, circulated, copied, and codified as the archetypal “hippie” style (though Penn referred to Knobkerry’s wares as “Third World Design and Art” in the 1960s) by celebrities and mainstream press outlets. At the same time the store served as an important physical and social space for a network of Black intellectuals, musicians, and artists, and for a broader subset of cultural and subcultural figures passing through New York – even as its brick-and-mortar storefront moved from the East Village to SoHo and then to TriBeCa, on a now-familiar path of rent crisis and gentrification.