Club 57 is being celebrated at the Museum of Modern Art. We'll be celebrating them at Lucky!
"We did it in 2010...Let's do it again before the MOMA madness begins! We have two places side by side to frolick in and catch up with each other!
Dream Baby is a very stylish quiet lounge where we can nosh/drink/chat and Lucky is a bar with the best jukebox in the neighborhood, a faboo courtyard (will be decked out in Halloween decor) and geared towards dancing and rocking out. Hosted by Tessie Chua and Deb O'Nair! Be there or be L7!!"
Join us after 8pm to hob-nob with the performers and provocateurs that made Club 57 what it was. It will be a reunion and a little preview of tomorrow night's opening:
Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983
October 31, 2017–April 01, 2018
Posted on November 18, 2016
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater Galleries
Press Preview: Tuesday, October 31, with remarks to follow.
Remarks will be livestreamed.
The East Village of the 1970s and 1980s continues to thrive in the public’s imagination around the world. Located in the basement of a Polish Church at 57 St. Marks Place, Club 57 (1978–83) began as a no-budget venue for music and film exhibitions, and quickly took pride of place in a constellation of countercultural venues in downtown New York fueled by low rents, the Reagan presidency, and the desire to experiment with new modes of art, performance, fashion, music, and exhibition. A center of creative activity in the East Village, Club 57 is said to have influenced virtually every club that came in its wake.
Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983 is the first major exhibition examining the scene-changing, interdisciplinary life of downtown New York’s seminal alternative space in full. The exhibition will tap into the legacy of Club 57’s founding curatorial staff—film programmers Susan Hannaford and Tom Scully, exhibition organizer Keith Haring, and performance curator Ann Magnuson—to examine how the convergence of film, video, performance, art, and curatorship in the club environment of New York in the 1970s and 1980s became a model for a new spirit of interdisciplinary endeavor. Responding to the broad range of programming at Club 57, the exhibition will present their accomplishments across a range of disciplines—from film, video, performance, and theater to photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, zines, fashion design, and curating. Building on extensive research and oral history, the exhibition features many works that have not been exhibited publicly since the 1980s.
Club 57 is accompanied by three film series: You Are Now One Of Us: Film at Club 57, co-organized with guest curator and defining Club 57 artist John “Lypsinka” Epperson (October 29, 2017–February 2018); New York Film and Video: No Wave–Transgressive (December 1, 2017–April 2018), and This Is Now: Film and Video After Punk 1978–1985, presented in spring 2018 in partnership with LUX and British Film Institute.
Organized by Ron Magliozzi, Curator, and Sophie Cavoulacos, Assistant Curator, Department of Film; with Ann Magnuson, guest curator.
Major support for the exhibition is provided by the Keith Haring Foundation.