Art & Ephemera from 98 Bowery

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“Cause Effect” from the COLAB street poster project "Talk is Cheap", 1984
Art & Ephemera from 98 Bowery
Curated by: Marc H. Miller

131 Chrystie Street
10002 New York

December 19th, 2014 - December 28th, 2014
Opening: December 19th, 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Other (outside areas listed)
Wed-Fri 2pm-10pm, Sat/Sun 12pm-12am (closed Mon/Tues)
painting, graffiti/street-art, sculpture, mixed-media, conceptual


Art & Ephemera from 98 Bowery

December 19th – December 28th, 2014
Opening Reception Friday, Dec. 19, 6pm to 9pm


curated by Marc H. Miller 

Opening Friday, December 19th, The Lodge Gallery is proud to present Art & Ephemera from 98 Bowery, 1969 to 1989. Every era creates its own type of art object. The inexpensive multiples, political statements, and ephemera in this exhibition are representative of the deliberately transient quality and populist impulses of art in the 1970s and 80s.

Artists in this show include Charlie AhearnJohn Ahearn,Marc BraszColetteThom CornJane DicksonStefan EinsSandra Fabara (Lady Pink), John FeknerPeter FendColeen FitzgibbonBobby G (Robert Goldman), Mike GlierGroup Material,Keith HaringCurt HoppeBecky HowlandBaird JonesM. Henry JonesLisa KahaneChristof KohlhoferMarisela La GraveDick MillerMarc H. MillerRichard MockJohn MortonTom OtternessPhase 2Bettie RingmaWalter RobinsonChristy RuppDavid SchmidlappArleen SchlossKiki SmithSusan SpringfieldAnita SteckelJehnifer SteinAnton Van DalenArturo VegaTom WarrenRobin WintersDavid WojnarowiczY Pants, and more.

"The website tells the story of the downtown art scene in the 1970s and 80s as I experienced it living in the top floor loft at 98 Bowery. These were bleak years for New York marked by economic decline, crime, drugs, and in many sections of the city, a desolate landscape of abandoned buildings and rubble-strewn lots. But for the young artists living in the Lower East Side during one of its worse moments there was a silver lining: cheap rents, camaraderie, plenty of real-life inspiration, and a do-it-yourself ethos that made anything possible. To use the ironic phrase coined by artist Joseph Nechvatal, downtown was an “Island of Negative Utopia.”

As an artist, curator, and writer, I had a ringside seat for much of the action. Just down the street from 98 Bowery was CBGB where a revolution in music, art and style was unfolding. Art was no longer confined to traditional galleries. Graffiti and street posters covered the walls, and exhibitions were held in nightclubs and squatted buildings. With limited access to the commercial mainstream, artists made things for themselves and for their peers. Works were created quickly and cheaply for short duration theme exhibitions and artist-run stores. New formats emerged: performance, video and independent film. Much of the action that I knew centered around Collaborative Projects Inc. (COLAB), the loosely organized artist group that was responsible for the Real Estate Show (1980), the Times Square Show (1980), and the art spaces Fashion Moda in the South Bronx, and ABC No Rio Dinero on the Lower East Side.

Every era creates it’s own type of art object. Multiples, political statements, and ephemera are representative of the deliberately transient quality and populist impulse of art in the 1970s and 80s. This exhibition at the Lodge Gallery includes treasures that I acquired during that time, as well as vintage works that I have collected more recently for Gallery 98, the online store of In selecting the items, I have not held back. Many are masterpieces whose rich historical and aesthetic content rivals that found in more conventional art objects."

– Marc H.

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