Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong’s GoNightclubbing Archive
is the definitive visual record of the Punk scene in 1970’s Downtown New York. Described by The New York Times as “the Lewis and Clark of rock video,”
the two video artists spent their nights from 1975-80 documenting the cultural scene that was exploding in nightclubs around New York City. Because they were acutely aware of the significance of that era – even as it happened -- their material dramatically captures the spirit of the time in sight and sound. The edited results were shown on their weekly cable TV show NIGHTCLUBBING
and screened at over 70 venues, worldwide
. Now, these performances have been compiled, re-mastered and presented as the ultimate wish-I’d-been-there document of the groundbreaking punk, new wave, no wave and hardcore movement.
Ivers and Armstrong also have been invited to create site specific video installations at nightclubs – Manhattan’s Danceteria and the Mudd Club -- and museums, including New York’s PS 1 and London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. Their work creates a fusion of high and low art that captures the energy and spontaneity of the era with its DIY aesthetic intact.
Challenged with presenting such a large collection to their audience, the artists have created a multi-faceted, multi-media exhibition of video screenings, photo galleries, live talks and video installation that distills the very best of the GoNightclubbing Archive and brings it to the public.
From March to June 2014, the GoNightclubbing Archive
exhibit premiered at
both New York City’s Museum of Art and Design and the Fales Library
and Special Collections of New York University.
Video performances from the Archive can be licensed from GoNightclubbing, Ltd. and photos are available for purchase. For information about licensing and purchase contact firstname.lastname@example.org