I would call Allison Weissberg and Peter Barker-Huelster a “power couple” if they weren’t so damn nice. In an art world full of shmoozers, these are two faces that I search for in a crowd. I had the honor of doing a show with Allison in 2012 at her SoHo non-profit art space, Recess Activities. Allison established Recess in 2009, and has since played no small role in supporting some of my favorite artists in their pursuit of experimental, interactive and performative works (thank you Allison for giving us a reason to live). If you have not applied for the Recess Open call, get to it. But be warned — all subsequent art world interactions will be a let-down in comparison.
Allison and Peter met while working at MoMA: Allison in Education and Peter in the Library and Archives. Allison soon went out on her own, and Peter made the wise decision to go to NYU Law School. He is now a staff attorney at MFY Legal Services, where he, “helps poor people file for bankruptcy.” So, he is a socially conscious lawyer, who makes it home in time to cook his wife and child gourmet dinners. Yeah… what did you do today?
This salad plays no small part in the origin story of these two fine people, and it is one that they have made over 20 times since they ordered it together on one of their very first dates.