Looking at Music

Side 2

Following the 2008 MoMA exhibition Looking at Music, which focused on the cross-fertilization between artists and musicians from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, Looking at Music: Side 2 picks up with the subsequent decade of artistic interactions based in New York City.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA in New York, United States.
From Wednesday 10 June 2009 to Saturday 21 November 2009

Published by MOMA on Wednesday 27 May 2009.
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In the early 1970s a bankrupt New York became a haven for young renegade artists, who often doubled as musicians and poets. Art and music cross-fertilized with a vengeance following a stripped-down, hard-edged, anti-establishment ethos. Appropriating city spaces, artists plastered posters and spray-painted walls throughout the city. Some commandeered abandoned buildings, turning vacant garages into mini-theaters for raw Super 8 film screenings and raucous performances. Public Access Cable became a claimable venue for media experiments and cultural debates. In 1978 artists were opening their own nightclubs; by 1982 they were launching galleries and dayclubs.

Looking at Music: Side 2 examines the in-your-face counterculture that came out of this fleeting, ad hoc era. Drawn from the Museum’s collection, the exhibition includes drawings by Patti Smith and Jean-Michel Basquiat, artist books of Kathy Acker and Jimmy DeSana, early flyers of Jenny Holzer and the group Collab, as well as issues of Punk Magazine and early zines. The exhibition features music videos and Super 8 films of Beth and Scott B, James Nares, Blondie, Walter Robinson/Paul Dougherty/Edit Deak, and Bob Gruen, among others. Audio recordings of music from that era, including recordings from Max’s Kansas City and CBGBs, will also be included. Organized by Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art.

Media Gallery, second floor