Relive the Early 2000s LES Music Scene with ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’ Exhibit
Once more into the bathroom, dear friends…
An art show commemorating New York’s beloved gritty indie music scene circa 2000s just set up shop, fittingly, on the Lower East Side.
That’s right, this particular visual retelling, based on Lizzy Goodman’s 600-page oral history Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock & Roll in NYC 2001-2011, will be on view at The Hole and UTA Artist Space until September 22. The show is sponsored by Vans (unsurprisingly), and highlights the “sensory experience” for those interested in that scene. And, like forthcoming docu-series (announced back in late 2017), the art show will highlight memorabilia and photos from bands such as The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to name a few.
Musicians have also contributed noteworthy objects from the time including Karen O ’s battered microphones, Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio’s guitar, and a suitcase emblazoned with band stickers belonging to Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance.
As previously mentioned, Goodman’s opus has been called a “dirty time capsule” of this NYC scene, and hits on a lot of the rumored indiscretions that have gained notoriety, like how The Strokes thought Ryan Adams was a “bad influence” on Albert Hammond Jr’s heroin habit, and the rivalry between The Killers and The Strokes.
Meanwhile, still no word on when the docu-series will drop.