East Village Nostalgia

To mark the opening of Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983, the Museum of Art held a party.  Celebrants were decked in 80s style to enjoy the opening of the new exhibition.

Set up in the Titus galleries of the museum, it was reminiscent of the Polish church’s basement at St. Marks Place that was held underground too.  With pieces from Keith Haring (a  regular at Club 57), Kenny Scharf and more curator Sophie Cavoulacos has tried to create a representation of a “transitional moment” from the art scene of the time when it evolved from Soho lots to East Village tenements.

The event also featured interactive film screenings with participants being “encouraged to yell back at the screen, to interrupt it, to fool around during the screenings.”