When researching my digital exhibition on the birth and legacy of disco, I came across a number of books and documentaries that explored New York in the 70's and early 80's. One theme was clear. During this time a stew of cultural influences simmered together as disco, jazz, punk, art and hip hop were main ingredients in a big ole gumbo pot. I won't be so naive as to call it a melting pot, instead they were kind of all randomly thrown together like cast away left overs.
The stories that came out of those days were fascinating to me because people floated among these different social scenes in clubs and venues on any given night; the cross cultural influences permeated much of the work created during this time.
The East Village Eye, published between 1979 and 1987 reported on the bands, artists and creative movements that conspired to create magic from madness.
Hyperallergic's 2014 article about the magazine was posted today and I had to share it. The covers alone are amazing.
For more on The East Village Eye click here
Howl! Arts is opening a show tonight dedicated to the magazine. The East Village Eye Show will highlight magazine covers, photography, key art works created by artists featured in the magazine during the publication's run and will include other items sourced from the magazine's archives, also known as "the King Tut's tomb of downtown New York."
During moments like this I wish I was there instead of L.A.!
The show runs now through October 9th at Howl Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the past and celebrating the contemporary culture of the East Village and Lower East Side.