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A Look Back on the East Village of the 1980s

October 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - November 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

Free

Opening October 19th, 2018 and running through November 1st, 2018.

Tompkins Square Library

 

“This vigorous and enthusiastically researched show will focus on the creative counter culture of the surrounding neighborhood in the 1980’s. It will present important, vital highlights from the night club scene, along with the music, theater, and art activity of that perio. We have been been working with material from the New York Public Library special collections, and with the Fales NYU Downtown archive. Of significant interest are the many photographs and fascinating ephemera and reproductions from the East Village in the 1980’s.”

 

“In the 1970’s, NYC was considered a troubled place. It was even told to “Drop Dead…” by President Gerald Ford (according to the Daily News). But in a few short years NYC was reasserting its role as the center of the universe – financially, culturally, creatively, etc.

By the 1980’s, people from all points on the map, especially artists, were flocking to New York City to pursue a career. The East Village – due mainly to its low rents and housing stock of cheap, dilapidated buildings – experienced numerous individuals moving into the neighborhood. In many cases, these were people who had left (or escaped) their hometowns and local communities in search of a more welcoming experience relative to their hopes and dreams. In the East Village these seekers found a safe haven of sorts – a place that allowed many artists, especially, to gather themselves together and do their thing.

By the mid-1980’s, the NY Times was declaring the East Village to be the most interesting, and perhaps the most exciting, neighborhood in the most interesting and most exciting city in the world.

The East Village became nationally and internationally recognized for counterculture ideas and trends. Foremost amongst this explosion of activity was the emergence of the area as the center for the East Coast punk-rock culture and the New Wave movement. This included the emergence of various music venues as legendary, world-renowned destinations.

Thus, the East Village of the 1980’s was a unique, perhaps once in a lifetime moment of art and (creative) rebellion that may never be matched.

From October 19th through November 1st, the Tompkins Square Library will present “A Look Back on the East Village of the 1980s”. This vigorous and enthusiastically researched show will focus on the creative counter culture of the surrounding neighborhood in the 1980’s. It will present important, vital highlights from the night club scene, along with the music, theater, and art activity of that period – a period in which the East Village was recognized nationally and internationally for its sometimes famous and sometimes infamous personalities and places.

In conjunction with the show, the Tompkins Square library has been working with material from the New York Public Library special collections, with the Fales NYU Downtown and La Mama Theater archives. Of significant interest are the many photographs and fascinating ephemera and reproductions from the East Village in the 1980’s.”

Details

Start:
October 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
End:
November 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
https://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/look-back-east-village-1980s

Organizer

Tompkins Square Library

Venue

Tompkins Square Library
331 E 10th St
New York, NY 10009
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