Club 57 was a no-budget club located in a church basement in New York’s East Village that quickly became one of the most influential centers of the countercultural movement when it opened its doors in 1978. Fueled by low rents, the Reagan presidency, and the desire to experiment with new modes of art, performance, fashion, music, and exhibition, Club 57 is said to have influenced virtually every club that came in its wake. Frank Holliday, one of the founding members of Club 57, recounts his own experience of the East Village in the 1970s and ’80s in MoMA’s new exhibition “Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village 1978-1983.”
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“Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art 1979-1983” is on view at The Museum of Modern through April 2018. The exhibition is organized by Ron Magliozzi, Curator, and Sophie Cavoulacos, Assistant Curator, Department of Film; with Ann Magnuson, guest curator. For more on Club 57 mo.ma/club57
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