Please drop by and see my sculpture in:
Love among the ruins
A Short History of 56 Bleecker Gallery and Late 80s NY
Exhibit Opening: Sunday, September 10th 4-7pm
September 10 - October 6, 2017
Howl! Happening - 6 East 1st Street
New York City, NY 10003
Presented by Some Serious Business
and Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project
Lust of glory pricked their hearts up, dread of shame
Struck them tame;
And that glory and that shame alike, the gold
Bought and sold.
-Robert Browning, Love Among The Ruins
Let’s also say that change is neither good or bad. It simply is. It can be greeted with terror or joy. A tantrum that says, ‘I want it the way it was’ or a dance that says, ‘Look, it’s something new.’
–Don Draper, Mad Men (AMC)
56 Bleecker Gallery held a unique position in the late 80’s art world. Part serious gallery, part happening, the space was a scene that reflected the explosive intersection of art, performance, music, fashion and the incredible nightlife culture of that era.
Featuring many of the most cutting edge artists of the time, such as Stephen Sprouse and David LaChapelle, it also presented rigorously serious shows of artists like Bruce Conner and Elaine Reichek. The space was a forum for nightclub impresario Eric Goode to produce an installation that was a window into his future endeavors. Taylor Mead directed the gallery’s historic performance of Jackie Curtis’ Glamour, Glory and Goldfeaturing legendary actors Ondine, John Heys, Penny Arcade, Harry Koutoukas and Margot Howard-Howard.
Some Serious Business and Howl! Happening are pleased to present Love Among The Ruins, co-curated by Susan Martin, founding director of Some Serious Business; Bill Stelling, 56 Bleecker gallery director and founder of the groundbreaking FUN Gallery with Patti Astor; and artist Maynard Monrow. All three curators were close friends of Dean Rolston, co-owner of 56 Bleecker who serves as inspiration for the exhibition.
Among the artists featured in this retrospective are:
Julian Beck, Mike Berg, David Bowes, Stefano Castronovo, Arch Connelly, Bruce Conner, Scott Covert, Graham Gillmore, Eric Goode, Robert Hawkins, Scott Kilgour, Ruth Kligman, David LaChapelle, Greer Lankton, Claire Lieberman, Sylvia Martins, McDermott & McGough, Auste Peciura, Felix Pene DuBois, Jeff Perrone, William Rand, Elaine Reichek, Rene Ricard, Bill Rice, Nicolas Rule, Vittorio Scarpatti, Bruno Schmidt, Mark Sink, and Stephen Sprouse. (Additional artists TBA)
56 Bleecker was a ‘scene’ as much as a venue for art. Openings featured guests as diverse as Stavros Niarchos, Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Fab 5 Freddy and Henry Geldzahler. Rene Ricard held court in the famous ‘Tin Room,’ anointing those in favor and banishing his enemies to NoHo Star.
While it was a time of enormous creativity, it was also one of deep sorrow. The exhibition will touch upon the impact of AIDS on our community. This retrospective will recreate the excitement of the era through a thoughtful curation of artists’ work, archival material, performance recreations, video reminiscence, and other special events including a new production of Jackie Curtis’ Glamour, Glory and Gold directed by Brian Butterick.
Love Among The Ruins Panel Discussion: Sunday, September 17th – 7 PM
Glamour, Glory and Gold performance: Friday, September 22nd – 7 PM
Glamour, Glory and Gold performance: Saturday, September 23rd – 7 PM
An Evening of Poetry Noir (Poets TBA): Thursday, September 28th – 7 PM
Closing Night performances TBD: Friday, October 6th – 7 PM
A fully illustrated catalog will accompany the show with essays and commentary on the times by Susan Martin, Carlo McCormick, Maynard Monroe, Ariana Reines, Jeff Perrone, Adam Rolston, Bill Stelling, and Linda Yablonsky. Some Serious Business will also publish Dean’s memoir, Remembering Dying—a memento mori of Dean’s death from AIDS—with drawings made especially for the book by Austė.