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Alternative 80s: Club 57 and New York's Downtown Scene

Event organized by MoMA PS1

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With Strange Party, Adele Bertei, Bob Holman, Man Parrish and Brant Kingman among others

Sunday, November 5, 2017

12:00 p.m.

In conjunction with Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983, on view at The Museum of Modern Art beginning October 31, VW Sunday Sessions presents a program of film, poetry, performances, discussion, and music rooted in the counterculture synonymous with downtown Manhattan in the 1970s and 1980s.

Club 57, like MoMA PS1 in the same era (knownly simply as P.S. 1), was a hive of interdisciplinary creation in which music, performance, film, theater, and art came together. Reuniting legends including Strange Party, fronted by Joey Arias, Adele Bertei, and Bob Holman of the Poetry Project, this program recaptures the spirit of the club scene and celebrates the legacy of New York’s alternative spaces alongside the art and artists they embraced.

This day-long program of poetry, performances, discussion, and music brings together artists who were part of Club 57 and New York’s Downtown community in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as well as younger artists emerging out of contemporary counterculture.

A recital organized by Bob Holman, poet and former host of the St Marks Poetry Project, (1978–84), features poets and musicians including Eszter Balint, Chris Cochrane, Mohamad Hodeib, Ashley August and Vito Ricci. Screenings and a discussion focused on the legacy of club culture and alternative spaces with MoMA PS1 founder Alanna Heiss, curator Lia Gangitano, and artist John Ahearn will take place alongside a temporary installation by Man Parrish and a performance by Brant Kingman that originally premiered at MoMA PS1 in the early 80s. The day culminates with a live performance from Adele Bertei and a one-off reunion concert from the iconic club band Strange Party led by Joey Arias.

Tickets: $15 (MoMA Members $13)

Become a MoMA Member and enjoy discounted tickets and other benefits. Members can secure advance tickets in person at the MoMA PS1 Box Office or by calling (718) 784-2084 and choosing extension 0 during museum hours.