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No Alternative: New Downtown Art
Panelists in this discussion reflect on the legacy of Downtown art. Performance, punk, feminism, and queer activism are among the current concerns of the young artists and organizers taking part. Examining their own work, speakers will reconsider the relevance of terms like “Downtown” and “alternative.” With JD Samson, Le Tigre, musician and artist; Dean Daderko, curator; Ulrike Müller, LTTR, artist; Jeremy Wade, Chez Bushwick, dancer; Nate Lowman, artist. Moderated by Matt Wolf; Carlo McCormick, respondent.

January 9, 2007

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Simon Reynolds: Rip It Up and Start Again
Simon Reynolds, music journalist and author of Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 (Penguin, 2006) discusses New York City during the postpunk era and the crossover synergy between the Downtown art world and the Downtown music scene.

March 28, 2006

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Creating the Archive: When Experience Becomes History:
This forum will explore the process by which lived experience and eyewitness reports are transformed into historical data—in museums, archives, scholarship, and the classroom. With Tavia Nyong’o, Department of Performance Studies (TSOA); Marvin J. Taylor, Director, the Fales Library; and Martha Wilson, Founding Director, Franklin Furnace Archive Inc. Moderated by Shelley Rice, Department of Photography and Imaging (TSOA) and Department of Fine Arts. Third in a series of panels about the changing role and nature of The Archive in contemporary life.

March 7, 2006

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The Moving Edge: The Place of Downtown Art in New York City:
Art of a certain kind happens in places of a certain kind. What was it about Downtown New York in the decade between 1974 and 1984 that gave rise to the creativity of SoHo and the East Village? How did geography and social movements matter? And now that things have gone the other way, what is the legacy of cheap rents, street grit, and all that impertinence? A panel of urban analysts—including several veterans of the Downtown scene—addressed these issues and more. Participants include Harvey Molotch, Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis; Laurin Raiken, Chair of Gallatin Interdisciplinary Arts Program; Mitchell Stevens, Associate Professor of Sociology and Education, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (Steinhardt); and Sharon Zukin, Broeklundian Professor of Sociology, Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center.

February 16, 2006

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Readings from the Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene 1974-1984:
To celebrate publication of The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene, 1974–1984, contributors read selections and discuss the scene. Participants include Eric Bogosian, actor and performer; Bernard Gendron, Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee; RoseLee Goldberg, scholar and director of Performa; Richard Hell, author, actor, and musician; Gracie Mansion, gallerist; Michael Musto, writer and cultural critic; Sur Rodney (Sur), gallerist; and Chi Chi Valenti, fashion designer.

February 7, 2006

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Raw Television: Grassroots Video Activism in New York City, 1970–1980:

The political activism of the late 1960s and early ’70s inspired an electronic media revolution. During the mid-1970s, artists and activists pioneered a new community-based TV forum of expression and introduced new ways of making a documentary. Cable TV’s public access stations grew in tandem with video collectives and grassroots organizations. This panel discussion explores the roots and creative influences of this home-grown medium. Speakers include Deirdre Boyle, Senior Core Faculty Member, Media Studies Program, The New School; Jaime Davidovich, Downtown artist; Julie Gustafson, filmmaker and co-director, Global Village; George Stoney, Paulette Goddard Professor in Film, Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television (TSOA). Moderated by Barbara Abrash, Director of Public Programs, Center for Media, Culture and History, and Center for Religion and Media.

January 27, 2006

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