Mavens, a photography exhibition by Tara McCauley, coincides with the New York release of Deli Man, a documentary that features the artist’s family of mavens.
McCauley’s photos explore the storied institution of the New York Jewish deli and Tara's family's history in the business, which dates back to the 1930s and endures today. Beginning with archival images of her great grandparents' Rialto Delicatessen in Times Square, the show traces Tara's maternal lineage through three generations of deli mavens across America, capturing the final days of Long Island's Woodrow Kosher Restaurant and Delicatessen and the kitschy romanticization of Kenny and Ziggy's in Houston, Texas.
DeliMan stars Tara's cousin, Ziggy Gruber and will debut at Sunshine Cinema on the evening of March 6th. Chinatown Soup has partnered with Cohen Media Group to welcome attendees of the 7pm showing to the Mavens opening reception.
Special thanks to the NYU Gallatin Jewish Studies fund for its generous support of this project.