She’s Got her TV Eye On Me!

Pat Ivers & Emily Armstrong
Oct 24th – Nov 27, 2019

Opening Reception Thursday, October 24th from 6 PM - 9PM

In October 1980, the original Danceteria faded to black when a police raid shuttered the legendary club. Almost 39 years later to the day, Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong bring a recreation of their historic Danceteria Video Lounge to 72 Gallery.

A deconstruction of the family rec room, the Video Lounge invites you to cuddle on the couch again, while enjoying musical performances from the GoNightclubing archive by such downtown stalwarts as the Lounge Lizards, Dead Boys and Richard Hell, as well as a mashup of found footage, B-movie trailers and early video art with John Sex and Keith Haring.

What’s more, a selection of Ivers and Armstrong’s photos of musicians and scenesters from Dee Dee Ramone and John Lurie to Haoui Montaug and Brian Butterick, will be showcased.

Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong are creators of the Gonightclubing archive, the definitive visual record of the downtown scene. From 1975-1981, shooting photographs and video, these two women documented nearly 100 bands -- when that meant dragging heavy equipment into nightclubs and tenements, a far cry from the ease of iPhone cameras today.

Watching these great bands, unselfconscious and in their prime, is a bracing reminder of what live music can be. Luckily, Ivers and Armstrong got it all on tape.