Touring the New Museum’s latest exhibition “Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery” which opened this week, we couldn’t help but think about how cool New York is. This exhibition, showing a small pocket of the City from 1969-1989 where the young, artistic, burgeoning art and music community found cheap housing and created a now legendary scene.
Pieces in the show include Arturo Vega’s Ramone’s t-shirt, the grafitti covered door from Keith Haring’s apartment covered with works from everyone who ever visited him at his Bowery studio. We spent ages pouring over the many photographs of the people on the scene in the Bowery during the period taken by the likes of Marc H. Miller and Billy Sullivan.
The Bowery’s reputation was, until very recently, about homelessness, drug abuse and neglect. Now that its urban transformation is complete and the area has become full of shiny hotels, chic cafes and even the New Museum itself, it feels totally apt that a tribute to the adventurers and the artistic pioneers who called The Bowery their home for more than 20 years should now be on display.
“Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969–1989”Bowery Artist Tribute. September 19th – January 6th, 2013. The New Museum. 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002 Tel: 212.219.1222