Item #7335 The East Village Look–Again! Danceteria, Steven Lewis, Marguerite Van Cook, James Romberger, promoters, art.
The East Village Look–Again!

The East Village Look–Again!. [Danceteria Invitation]

New York: Danceteria, 1984. Illustrated glossy cardstock invitation (measures 5.25" x 6").

Invite to a 1984 art and fashion show held at legendary New York nightclub Danceteria. Founded by nightlife impresarios Jim Fouratt and Rudolf Piper, Danceteria started as a private unlicensed club on West 37th street before opening its famous three-story dance floor on West 21st in 1982. The unofficial heir to Studio 54, with a grittier, Mudd Club-inspired atmosphere, the club hosted parties, cabarets, art exhibitions (Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Karen Finley), film screenings, fashion shows, live performances by rock bands and performers (Cyndi Lauper, Sade, Billy Idol, Run-DMC, RuPaul, Sonic Youth, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran). Mark Kamin – instrumental in signing Madonna, "born out of" the club – was house DJ on the main dance floor. Unable to survive the Reagan administration and the AIDS epidemic, Danceteria closed in 1986. "The East Village Look" was hosted by nightlife godfather Steve Lewis, who had a hand in operating clubs such as Palladium, Limelight, and Tunnel, and curated by artist and member of UK punk band the Innocents Marguerite Van Cook. This October 11th show presented designs by Yoon Chung of Ona, costume designer Prudence Moriarty, and clothes from East Village boutiques 109 and Batislavia, as well as work from galleries Fun, Gracie Mansion, Piezo Electric, Bernarducci, and Semaphore. Illustration by artist and cartoonist James Romberger, known for his depictions of the Lower East Side. Light creasing. Near fine. Item #7335