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
This day-long program of poetry, performances, discussion, and music brings together artists who were part of Club 57 and New York’s Downtown community in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as well as younger artists emerging out of contemporary counterculture.

A recital organized by Bob Holman, poet and former host of the St Marks Poetry Project, (1978–84), features poets and musicians including Eszter Balint, Chris Cochrane, Mohamad Hodeib, Ashley August and Vito Ricci. Screenings and a discussion focused on the legacy of club culture and alternative spaces with MoMA PS1 founder Alanna Heiss, curator Lia Gangitano, and artist John Ahearn will take place alongside a temporary installation by Man Parrish and a performance by Brant Kingman that originally premiered at MoMA PS1 in the early 80s. The day culminates with a live performance from Adele Bertei and a one-off reunion concert from the iconic club band Strange Party led by Joey Arias.

Tickets: $15 (MoMA members $13)

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions performance series welcomes visitors to experience and participate in live art. Since its founding in 1976, MoMA PS1 has offered audiences one of the most extensive programs of live performance in the world. VW Sunday Sessions highlights artists responding to contemporary social and political issues through a wide variety of creative and critical lenses. Encompassing performance, music, dance, conversation, and film, the series develops and presents projects by established and emerging artists, scholars, activists, and other cultural instigators. With a focus on artists that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Sunday Sessions embraces the communities in New York City that create and sustain artistic practice.

Since 2012, VW Sunday Sessions has presented a commissioning program resulting in new work by Trajal Harrell, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Tobias Madison and Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Hannah Black, and Colin Self. Additionally, the VW Dome Artist Residency offers a platform for creative development and experimentation for artists at all stages of the creative process.


  1. Sunday, November 5, 2017,
    12:006:00 p.m.

    MoMA PS1
  2. Saturday, November 4, 2017,
    12:006:00 p.m.

    MoMA PS1
  3. Friday, November 3, 2017,
    12:006:00 p.m.

    MoMA PS1
  4. Thursday, November 2, 2017,
    12:006:00 p.m.

    MoMA PS1
This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.