The First Time I Saw the Ramones
May 16 - June 6, 2019
The exhibition showcases photography from the very early New York Punk scene and explores how your life can be changed when you find the band that defines your youth.
The show chronicles the night of July 22 1976 when Tom was asked by his friend Legs McNeil to see the Ramones play at the Arcadia Ballroom in New Haven.
Together with Legs, John Holmstrom and Ged Dunn (who had launched Punk Magazine earlier that year) Tom witnessed a show that would change his life forever. In his own words, he was transformed. Fortunately the photographer Larry Kerson (who Tom was assisting at the time) encouraged him to take 2 of his own Nikon cameras and a bag with lenses and a bunch of film as he left the door.
The exhibition features works from other icons of the New York punk scene as well as the photo essay “Punk Dump” (below) which captures the chaos and revelry at the offices of legendary Punk Magazine
Tom Hearn is a Connecticut born photographer and has been taking pictures of people and stuff he likes since the mid 70’s. Due to the artists long standing friendship with the founders of Punk Magazine – Legs McNeil and John Holmstrom – Tom was able to gain access to the shows, bands and people that defined punk and created images as iconic as his subjects.
IT’S A GODLIS WORLD
April 18 - May 9, 2019
The exhibition explores David’s early work as a photographer in New York in the mid 70’s and early 80’s.
The show begins with David’s most famous work, which documents the New York punk scene centered around the infamous CBGB’s. The exhibition then expands out beyond the Lower East Side and onto the streets of New York. David’s street photographs–many of which have never been exhibited before–offer a beautiful and poignant slice of New York life in the 1970’s. Working in black and white the artist’s compositional instincts transform the ordinary into the exceptional.
In a multimedia installation David talks us through his most iconic work which captures the emergence of the Punk scene in the Lower East Side. The audio commentary gives the viewer a unique insight into the photographs and the cast of characters that created this enduring and highly influential culture moment.
The show continues with multimedia displays of street photography along with larger format wheatpaste murals and installation works along with prints on paper.
Born in New York City in 1951, David Godlis picked up his first camera, a Pentax Spotmatic, in 1970, and has been shooting photographs non-stop ever since.
After moving back to New York City with his Leica camera in 1976, Godlis stumbled into the burgeoning punk scene at CBGB’s on the Bowery. And after seeing Brassai’s photographs of Paris in the 1930‘s he began to photograph that scene, with long handheld exposures under the Bowery streetlights.
His grainy black & white images documented CBGB’s and the Bowery from 1976-1979. This extensive body of work has been published and exhibited worldwide and was published in the hugely successful book, History is Made at Night.