Laura Levine
NO WAVE exhibition - opening reception Fri 13th
posted: June 6, 2008
DNA on my corner, NYC, 1981 ...
I'm participating in an exhibition and book put together by Thurston Moore and and Byron Coley entitled NO WAVE. POST-PUNK. UNDERGROUND. NEW YORK 1976 - 1980. The opening reception for the exhibit at the KS ART Gallery is Fri. June 13th from 6 - 8 PM, followed by a performance by Teenage Jesus and the Jerks at the Knitting Factory.

Here are a couple of my photographs from the gallery show and book, as well as one of DNA which isn't in the book but you can see in the show.

the official press release:


organized by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley

June 13 - July 2, 2008

book party / opening reception Friday, June 13, 6 - 8pm
KS ART - 73 Leonard Street - NYC

KS ART will present NO WAVE 1976-1980 an exhibition of photographs, paintings, sculptures and ephemera from that era. This show is organized in conjunction with the publication of NO WAVE. POST-PUNK. UNDERGROUND. NEW YORK 1976-1980. by THURSTON MOORE and BYRON COLEY for Abrams Books.

Included in the exhibition are art works by James Nares, Nancy Arlen, Pat Place, Christine Hahn, Barbara Ess, Sumner Crane and photographs from the book by Julia Gorton, Robert Sietsma, Marcia Resnick, Stephanie Chernikowski, Godlis, Laura Levine, Lisa Genet, Bobby Grossman, and Hilary Jaeger.

This is the first book to visually chronicle the collision of art and punk in the New York underground of 1976 to 1980. This in-depth look at punk rock, new wave, experimental music, and the avant-garde art movement of the 70s and 80s focuses on the true architects No Wave from James Chance to Lydia Lunch to Glenn Branca, as well as the luminaries that intersected the scene, such as David Byrne, Debbie Harry, Brian Eno, Iggy Pop, and Richard Hell. This rarely documented scene was the creative stomping ground of young artists and filmmakers from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Jim Jarmusch, as well as the musical genesis for the post-punk explosions of Sonic Youth. It is here revealed for a new generation of fans and collectors. Thurston Moore and Byron Coley have selected 150 unforgettable images, most of which have never been published previously, and compiled hundreds of hours of personal interviews to create an oral history of the movement, providing a never-before-seen exploration and celebration of No Wave.

On Friday June 13th coinciding with this opening reception/ book party will be one-night-only reunion performances by Teenage Jesus and the Jerks (featuring Lydia Lunch, Jim Sclavunos and a surprise guest bass player) and the band Information at the Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street across the street from the gallery.
Glenn Branca on his Bowery rooftop, NYC, 1981...
Alan Vega (Suicide) in his downtown loft, NYC, 1981...
Jody Harris and Robert Quine in my apartment with my goose lamp, NYC, 1981....
J.D. King June 6, 2008
RIP, Quine!
Steve Wacksman June 6, 2008
Laura, that Vega portrait is spectacular. I mark shows I want to see on my calendar all the time and somehow I miss most of them, but I'm DEFINITELY attending this one. My nostalgia for NYC in the early to mid-eighties is becoming almost burdensome. I'm afraid I'm becoming one of those bitter old lifers that will tell you how much better things used to be at every turn. Still, there's some truth to it; how many inaccessible drone merchants can live comfortably in a sprawling loft on the LES anymore? I recognize that NYC is (and always has been) a living organism that is constantly transforming, evolving and mutating but the high prices, corporate takeover and generally inhospitable attitude toward 'bohemians' make me feel that the magic you captured in these photos will never again find a foothold here.
Laura Levine June 6, 2008
Thanks, Wax. I know what you mean. Reading the book (which is a visual and oral history and a great read) you really get a sense of how spontaneous and random things were back then. Kids would just show up in NYC with a few bucks in their pocket, find a place to stay, meet some other people at a club, pick up an instrument, form a band, BOOM!
Bob Staake June 6, 2008
best of luck with this show, laura. your photos are just wonderful and you should SERIOUSLY build a book around them. all i want is to buy the first copy!
Laura Levine June 6, 2008
Thanks, Staake!