An article about MoMA’s “Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978 – 1983” on SVA Features
Here’s a recent SVA Features post by Lauren Palmer about “Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978 – 1983,” the new exhibition at MoMA that includes the work of several past and present members of the SVA community, including VCS faculty member Peter Hristoff. The following brief excerpts include an introduction to the exhibition and a short comment from Peter:
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In the early 1980s, cultural historian Tim Lawrence writes in his book Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor: 1980 – 1983 (Duke University Press, 2016), “New York experienced a community-driven cultural renaissance … that stands as one of the most influential in its, and perhaps in any city’s, history.” Pioneering East Village venue Club 57 was an essential part of this urban rejuvenation, with a cohort of SVA students at its core. Located in the basement of a Polish church at 57 St. Mark’s Place, this DIY space fostered an atmosphere of inclusivity and unbridled creativity among the young artists who frequented its array of performances, themed events and interactive film screenings. The Museum of Modern Art in New York is currently revisiting the eclectic downtown institution through a major retrospective, “Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978 – 1983.”
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As a hangout and creative outlet, free from the strictures of classes and studios, the space became instrumental to the formation of their artistic sensibilities—”a wonderful mash-up of nightclub lounge, Beach Blanket Bingo, mad lab, cinema and summer stock theater,” Hristoff says. Students from nearby Parsons and NYU also took part in the revelry, as did Jean-Michel Basquiat.
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