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EAST VILLAGE USA
New York, NY
This exhibition was the first museum effort to curatorially assess the East Village period of the 1980s two decades after its heyday, with its tempestuous parade of competing movements, from the graffiti and neo-Pop aesthetic of Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Futura 2000, Lady Pink and Lee Quiñones to the minimalist- and conceptual-influenced work of such artists as Sherrie Levine, Jeff Koons, Gretchen Bender, Haim Steinbach and Sarah Charlesworth. True to its cross-media subject, East Village incorporated painting, sculpture and photography, but also music, video, performance, poetry, dance, and printed ephemera.
"Not only did the East Village movement take place within a few blocks of where I lived, but it took off just a couple of years after I arrived in NYC, at a moment when, like all relative newcomers, I could never get enough of anything that seemed quintessentially Downtown."
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