Gwen Shockey’s Addresses Project compiles photos, interviews with lesbian and queer-identified community leaders, and a comprehensive online map of former lesbian bars.
An event on June 15 will explore how nightclubs have historically been home to “nonconformist communities” through the lens of design.
An oversize facsimile of Rush poppers, tipped over, pouring out its viscous contents: this example of underground gay iconography blown up to almost belligerent proportions perfectly represents the aims of Party Out of Bounds: Nightlife as Activism Since 1980.
“One point of art is that it’s forming something we don’t have the language for yet,” observes Jake Yuzna, Director of Public Programs at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), in discussing the FUN Conference on Nightlife as Social Practice.
Andy Warhol’s death left us wondering how the quintessential Pop artist would have reacted, or shaped, a society that fulfilled his prophesy of universal, albeit short-lived, fame. But aside from wondering what the artist would have thought of Rebecca Black, his passing left a hole in New York City Nightlife. Thomas Kiedrowski’s new book “Andy Warhol’s New York City” and a series of new “screen tests” by Conrad Ventur speak to the nostalgia this generation feels for the days of Superstars and silver clouds.
Could your next bar night actually be an art night? THE FUN Fellowship, a new initiative by New York City’s Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), promotes nightlife to the status of art. From the creation of a shared artistic community to the breakdown of social boundaries that comes with an excess of substances and music, urban nightlife is an established cauldron of creativity. Yet New York City’s artistic institutions have lost touch with nightlife practitioners, says FUN curator and MAD manager of Public Programs, Jake Yuzna. THE FUN Fellowship, granted to four artists or art collectives annually, is a way to remedy that disconnection and support the nightlife community.