SoHo Memory Project celebrates the history of SoHo as a New York City neighborhood. The mission is to preserve SoHo’s past so that present generations understand the neighborhood’s rich history and can make informed decisions to shape its future.
The Founder, Yukie Ohta, is an archivist, collage artist, and SoHo native. She still lives on Mercer Street, in the building where she formed her earliest SoHo memories as a child.
The SoHo Memory Project digital archive is a growing collection of materials relating to evolution and preservation of SoHo, with a focus on the decades between 1960-1980, when it was a thriving artists’ community. We are collecting archival documents on an ongoing basis, including papers, photographs, ephemera, oral histories, and video before these documents are lost forever. If you have any items to contribute to this archive, please email [email protected].
The SoHo Memory Project Mobile Museum navigates the bustling urban environment of today’s SoHo while showing us a glimpse of its past. Using unconventional media, it chronicles the evolution of SoHo from farmland to high-end retail hub, charting its cycles of development and thus placing current day SoHo in the context of New York City’s history. This exhibition is designed to be accessible to all audiences by including multiple entry points: objects, ephemera, photographs, sound, and video, as well as unconventional media, including 3-D printed miniatures, comic books, LP record jackets, family photo albums, a smelling station, and even Viewmaster viewers. wwww.sohomemory.org
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