Club 57 was a nightclub in East Village, NYC that served as the home of performance and visual artists and musicians of the '70s and '80s, making it the center of New Yorker art and counterculture.
Located in the basement of a Polish Church, club and event manager Ann Magnuson described it as the home of the "point-toed hipsters, girls in rockabilly petticoats, spandex pants, and thrift-store stiletto heels...suburban refugees who had run away from home to find a new family...who liked the things we liked - Devo, Duchamp, and William S. Burroughs - and (more important) hated the things we hated - disco, Diane von Fürstenberg, and The Waltons."
The place was a market for ideas and creativity, and the Museum of Modern Art's Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983 will be the first exhibition to outline the legacy of the club through art, music, photography, fashion, film, collage, printmaking, zines, curating, and other new modes that began here.
The Club as considered the hangouts of Madonna, Keith Haring, Cyndi Lauper, Charles Busch, Klaus Nomi, The B-52s, RuPaul, Futura 2000, Kenny Scharf, Frank Holliday, Staceyjoy Elkin, John Sex, Wendy Wild, The Fleshtones, Joey Arias, Lypsinka, Michael Musto, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Fab Five Freddy, Jacek Tylicki, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
The show will be running through April 1, 2018.
Images are from the press kit.