Chinatown Soup is pleased to present the resurrection of a recently lost neighborhood landmark with art, performances, and special guests. On September 16, 2000, "it elf” author, columnist, playwright, filmmaker, open mic host and underground movie star, Reverend Jen, launched the first (and only) Troll Museum in her six-floor walk-up on Orchard Street. What happened next was nothing short of spectacular! Droves of troll doll fans and curious visitors flocked, attracting press from around the world to her tiny studio.
The Troll Museum quickly solidified its iconic status as dark days befell the Lower East Side. Reverend Jen reports, “Gentrification took hold, and our neighborhood's quirky village of theaters and art stars quickly became a strip mall for douchebags.” Following this unwelcome influx, a massive steam pipe explosion destroyed half of the museum’s collection and almost killed Jen's beloved Chihuahua, Rev. Jen Junior. Despite these setbacks, the Troll Museum persevered.
Almost two decades later, extreme life circumstances found Jen and Junior evicted and homeless. The court allowed six hours to retrieve 21 years worth of items from the once resplendent Troll Museum. A team of artists took what they could, but where to put it? Soup stepped in to preserve and celebrate this precious local archive. For two weeks, we will host paintings, prints, Trolls, performances, and special activities featuring free art school with the Reverend, an iTunes audio tour with an intro by pop star (and longstanding Troll Museum patron) Moby plus picnics, proms, and parades. Everyone is invited. Let's keep downtown weird.
About Rev. Jen Reverend Jen is a performer, painter, playwright, columnist, Troll Museum founder, underground movie star, open mic host, and elf. She’s contributed to Artnet, Nerve, and Penthouse. Her books include June (Art Star Scene Press, 2015) BDSM 101 (Skyhorse, 2013), Elf Girl (Simon & Schuster, 2011) Live Nude Elf: the Sexperiments of Reverend Jen (Soft Skull Press, 2009), and Reverend Jen's Really Cool Neighborhood (Printed Matter, 2003). Her handcrafted books can be found at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the MoMA Library, and The Warhol Museum.
Jen has performed and lectured in England, Germany, and all over the U.S.A. Her live action TV show "Reverend Jen's Really Cool Neighborhood" was voted best off-off-off Broadway Musical Comedy Theater by The Village Voice and her former cable access show, The Adventures of Electra Elf, which she wrote and starred in, is available in a 22-episode box set from MVD. Jen is the founder of "ASS Studios”—the world's most underfunded Motion Picture Studio—which released ASS's first feature film "Satan, Hold My Hand" in 2014. Jen's second feature, "Werewolf Bitches from Outer Space" is complete and set to premiere shortly.
Last month, Reverend Jen, Rev. Jen Junior, and Tenney (the cat) were evicted from the world's only Troll Museum in downtown New York. The three are now homeless and staying with friends in parts unknown.