Ephemera from New York’s fin-de-siècle bohemia
Gallery 98 recently got hold of a large collection of postcards and flyers from the downtown art and club scene, spanning the late 1970s to early 2000s. Here’s a preview of some of the treasures, before we add them to our Nightclub Ephemera page over the next month.
Many of the new items are connected to independent film and video (not surprising, since the collection comes from avant-garde filmmaker M. Henry Jones). Jacob Burckhardt’s Landlord Blues screened in 1988 at the Collective for Living Cinema. Its top-notch credits include actor Bill Rice and musician Marc Ribot.
Gallery 98’s listings rarely date from after the year 2000. This 2006 flyer, promoting the final slate of concerts at CBGB, merits exception. In addition to the many newly added CBGB flyers are several from the shorter-lived CBGB 313 Gallery next door.
A card promoting Gay Pride parties at the Pyramid Club (101 Avenue A) and Barroom 432. (Front)
Rudolf (Pieper)’s 1987 New Year’s card shows the nightclub impresario, behind Danceteria and 1980s New York’s other biggest clubs, brandishing a drink ticket like a cowboy’s pistol. (Front)