You Have Until Saturday to Relive ‘The Downtown Decade’

Posted on: October 6th, 2015 at 10:45 am by

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Most Boogie readers know that we are more than a bit obsessed with the 70s – 80s art and music scene of downtown New York City. Despite the city being in utter chaos, this pivotal time period managed to inspire a cross-pollination of art, photography, film, performance, writing and music.

It never ceases to fascinate and influence both those who were in the middle of it all, as well as those who were too young to experience it. Fashion, music, books, film and television continue to mine this era for inspiration.

If you share our fixation, get yourself over to “The Downtown Decade: NYC 1975 – 1985,” an exhibit at RARE/Glenn Horowitz Bookseller.

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Curated by Lauren Miller Walsh, this multi-genre time capsule of the intensely creative scene showcases now-historical documentary material, including vintage issues of the East Village Eye, gallery flyers, posters, manuscripts and advertisements. Alongside this visitors can view original artwork and photography by a roster of the period’s creative denizens: Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kate Simon, Philip Taaffe, Marcia Resnick, Curt Hoppe, Jimmy DeSana, Christopher Makos, Judy Linn, and Patti Smith, among others.

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RARE hasn’t forgotten about the huge role that music played during this time. A playlist accompanies the exhibit, featuring music by Blondie, The Clash, the Ramones, the Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Bow Wow Wow and many others. You can check out the entire list here.

To add to your Downtown Decade fix, there are two upcoming events to check out at RARE this week: a film screening of “Downtown 81” with writer/producer Glenn O’Brien tomorrow (October 7), and a reading by Phoebe Hoban of her book, Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art on October 9th.

The exhibit is open until this Saturday, October 10, uptown at 17 West 54th Street.

You can find out more here.

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