The 1982–83 Manhattan Cable public-access show Your Program of Programs, created and hosted by Lithuanian American theater artist Kestutis Nakas, captures the interdisciplinary artistic mindset of Club 57 and the East Village of the 1970s and 1980s. Staged weekly at the Experimental Television Center, YPOP joined Glenn O’Brien’s TV Party and Colab-produced programs in New York’s rich post-punk artists’ television scene. As a host, Nakas riffed on the early TV work of Ernie Kovacs and Sid Caesar while flaunting the tatty, precarious nature of his show’s production in a theatrical impulse rooted in Brecht and Dada. For this full-day marathon, we’ve gathered a selection of episodes featuring Kenny Scharf, Ann Magnuson, Glenn O’Brien, John Sex and Alexis Del Lago, Merle Ginsberg, Ilona Granet, Tseng Kwong Chi, Tom Rubnitz, Stuart Sherman, Rhys Chatham, and more.
Your Program of Programs
Friday, November 22, 10:00 a.m. MoMA
Friday, November 22, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
MoMA, Floor T2/T1, Theater 1
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1