Parallel Lines: Visual Art, CBGB, and Downtown Nightlife
New Museum (235 Bowery, Manhattan)
$8 in advance
+ Free museum admission on 7-9pm
“I came down into the Bowery because I saw all this stuff happening with all the artists moving and buying lofts there. I started this place called Hilly’s on the Bowery which was to lead to all kinds of things.” —Hilly Kristal, founder of CBGB
The single most important site for the American punk and New Wave movements, CBGB helped start the careers of countless bands, including the Ramones, Blondie, Television, and the Talking Heads. Simultaneous to this creative outburst, the downtown New York arts scene was undergoing its own explosion through the development of new practices and alternative venues for exhibition. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969–1989,” this panel discussion explores the impact that CBGB and other downtown music venues had on creative activity in the neighborhood. Inspired by the bands, the crowds, and the set of contrasts presented by these clubs, artists developed projects that reflected this new energy. This panel discussion will reflect on the ways in which these two parallel developments informed and supported each other.
Marc H. Miller, Moderator