This week at the Hole Gallery on the Bowery, you can revisit AREA, the coolest club in New York from 1983-1987. AREA was the club that captivated New York’s downtown art scene, the place where people like Madonna, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Chuck Close went to see and be seen. It was where Andy Warhol could be found in the infamous red bathrooms with his polaroid camera taking photos of the club-goers who just happened to be people like Debbie Harry, Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, Grace Jones and Keith Haring. The bathrooms have been recreated in their full glory for the art show which is chock full of memorabilia, photographs and art surrounding the incredible artistic hub that was AREA.
The club’s founders Eric Goode, Jennifer Goode, Glenn O’Brien and Serge Becker have also published AREA, a book filled with candid photographs and essays on the club and its infamous guests. To celebrate the book’s launch, there was a party on Tuesday night at the Bowery Hotel which recreated AREA in its heyday. The week long art and performance installation at The Hole gives those of us too young or not cool enough to have experienced it, a chance to check out what it was like in the wild and wonderful 1980s New York party scene.AREA: The Exhibition. The Hole, 312 Bowery New York City. 12-7pm daily. November 6-10th, 2013 Photographs taken at AREA book launch and party this week.