Opening reception Thursday, February 4th, 2016, 6-8pm
Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project
6 East 1st Street, NYC 10003
An exhibition featuring signed contemporary silver prints and large archival pigment prints from her photographic tour de force of the culture heroes of the 1970s and early 1980s. Taken in New York during the period of the counterculture’s final climax, the show features portraits of rockers Johnny Thunders, Joey Ramone, James Brown, Iggy Pop, David Byrne, Klaus Nomi, and Mick Jagger; beat poets Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Gregory Corso; and provocateurs and raconteurs Abbie Hoffman, Divine, Jackie Curtis, Quentin Crisp, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Christo, Anthony Bourdain, Fab 5 Freddy, Charles Ludlam, and the incomparable John Belushi, as well as bad girls Debbie Harry and Lydia Lunch.
In 1977, twenty-six-year-old conceptual photographer Marcia Resnick was rocked out of her controlled studio environment and into downtown’s avant-garde landscape by the punk rock music that was electrifying New York. “The people from the extraordinary New York milieu amongst whom I was living and working had no way of knowing that the years between 1977 and 1982 were enchanted, endangered, and unrepeatable,” explains Resnick.
Photos in the exhibition are also included in Punks, Poets and Provocateurs, NYC Bad Boys 1977-1982, a new book of photographs with text by Victor Bockris is published by Insight Editions.
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