A Deitch-curated show about the nightclub that captivated New York's Downtown art scene in the 1980s
“The nightclub that captivated New York’s Downtown art scene returns after 30 years… The fabled nightclub opened its doors in September 1983 and virtually overnight it became the nexus of the downtown scene in New York City. It was the place where people went to see and be seen. It was the brainchild of four young guys from California—Eric Goode, Shawn Hausman, Christopher Goode and Darius Azari. Their vision was to create an art project on a monumental scale. Every five or six weeks they gutted the enormous space at 157 Hudson Street and transformed it into a spectacularly realized theme: Suburbia, Natural History, Gnarly, Art and Fashion, to name a few.
Opening at The Hole on November 5th, AREA 1983-1987 presents the art and concepts that made the club, including works created for AREA by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, Chuck Close, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Barbra Kruger, Sol LeWitt, Leroy Neiman, Larry Rivers, Maripol, Kenny Scharf, Julian Schnabel, Survival Research Labs and many more, alongside rare ephemera and new works inspired by the club from artists including Tom Sachs, Steve Powers and Todd James, Misaki Kawai and Ben Jones. Dozens of photographs, many never before exhibited, document the New York of the 80’s at its most exotic.”
curated by Jeffrey Deitch with Serge Becker, Eric Goode, Jennifer Goode and Glenn O’Brien