Video still from "Sleepwalking Through Life," Strange Party music video directed by Robin Schanzenbach, 1981. Photo Courtesy of Robin Schanzenbach

In conjunction with Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983, Sunday Sessions presents a program of film, poetry, performances, discussion, and music rooted in the counterculture synonymous with downtown Manhattan in the 1970s and 1980s.

Club 57, like MoMA PS1 in the same era (then known simply as P.S.1), was a hive of interdisciplinary creation in which music, performance, film, theater, and art came together. Reuniting legends including Strange Party, fronted by Joey Arias, Adele Bertei, and Bob Holman of the Poetry Project, this program recaptures the spirit of the club scene and celebrates the legacy of New York’s alternative spaces alongside the art and artists they embraced.

Thursday, November 2–Saturday, November 4, 2017
12:00–6:00 p.m.
Throughout MoMA PS1’s regular opening hours, a selection of videos and films from Club 57 and its surrounding scene will be screened in the VW Dome. The selections are moving image works recently acquired and preserved by the The Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Film, featuring performance documentation, music videos, cable programs, and Super8 films.

Free with Museum admission

Sunday, November 5, 2017
Reuniting artists who were part of Club 57 and New York’s Downtown community in the late ’70s and early ’80s, the program features live poetry organized by Bob Holman, poet and former host of the St Marks Poetry Project, (1978–84), and temporary installations and interventions from Man Parrish and Brant Kingman, alongside screenings and discussion focused on the legacy of club culture and alternative spaces. The event culminates with a live performance from Adele Bertei and a one-off concert from the iconic club band Strange Party.

Tickets: $15 (MoMA members $13)

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions program welcomes visitors to experience art live and in real time. Embracing performance, music, dance, conversations, and film, the program vividly demonstrates how these art forms can push us to engage with our contemporary world in creative, illuminating ways. With an emphasis on artistic practices that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, the program supports and commissions new work, inviting artists, curators, and other cultural instigators to share their latest projects.

  1. Thursday, November 2,
    12:006:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission
  2. Friday, November 3,
    12:006:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission
  3. Saturday, November 4,
    12:006:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission
  4. Sunday, November 5,
    12:006:00 p.m.

This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.