In the early 1970s New York was a haven for young, renegade artists, many of whom doubled as musicians and poets. Art and music cross-fertilized with a vengeance, following a stripped-down, hard-edged, antiestablishment ethos. Some artists plastered city walls with self-designed posters or spray-painted monikers, while others commandeered abandoned buildings, turning vacant garages into makeshift theaters for Super-8 film screenings and raucous performances. Many found the experimental music scene more vital and conducive to their contrarian ideas than the handful of contemporary art galleries in the city. This screening series features films made by many of these artists, along with films that capture the spirit of New York City during that tumultuous era.
Organized by Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art.