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98 Bowery, 1969-89: View from the Top Floor

98 Bowery, 1969-89: View from the Top Floor

October 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Marc H Miller Website Relaunch and Talk

Artist and curator Marc H Miller talks about his life in downtown New York City and unveils an updated version of his website 98 Bowery, 1969-89, a picture memoir of the 20 years he lived in a Bowery loft observing and participating in the genre-changing transformations taking place in art and music. Miller’s presentation at Howl! Happening marks the recent revamping of the 98 Bowery website, first launched 10 years ago.

Drawing from the site’s archive of photos and video clips, Miller recounts stories about Harry’s Bar and CBGB; the seminal 1978 Punk Art show; collaborative work with Bettie Ringma, Curt Hoppe, Alan Moore, and Paul Tschinkel—all residents at 98 Bowery; his year in Amsterdam; and the varied roles he played in the East Village art scene and in the rise of hip-hop culture in the 1980s. The 98 Bowery website has been visited by more than 600,000 people.

Miller is well known as the curator of the Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk exhibition at the Queens Museum (2016), and for his video interview with Jean-Michel Basquiat in Paul Tschinkel’s Art/new york series. His online store Gallery 98 has reanimated vintage art ephemera.

Miller is a scholar (Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, NYC) and a counterculture provocateur (his interactive art series Draw a Penis and Vagina is 98 Bowery’s most popular page). Underlying it all is his understanding of the roots of contemporary culture in the 1970s and 80s, and the direct link between the interactive strategies that emerged in art then and the current world of selfies and reality television.

About Marc H Miller
Marc H Miller arrived in New York from California in 1968 to pursue a Ph.D. in art history at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts (1979). Miller is an artist, curator, writer, publisher, and educator. His multifaceted career is unified by an interest in pictorial images and their inherent ability to tell stories.

From 1981-85, he worked with Paul Tschinkel on ART/new york, an educational videotape series. He was a columnist for the East Village Eye (1983-85), and the co-editor of ABC No Rio Dinero: The Story of a Lower East Side Art Gallery (1985). In 2001 he founded Ephemera Press, which published illustrated maps and walking tour guides, including one of the East Village.

Miller was a curator at the Queens Museum from 1985 to 1991, and returned as guest curator for Hey Ho Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk (2016). As an artist in collaboration with Bettie Ringma and Curt Hoppe, he has exhibited at OK Harris Gallery (1974), Art Basel (1980), the New Museum (2011), and Stigter Van Doesberg Gallery in Amsterdam (2018). Miller is the creator of the website 98 Bowery (2009) and its related online store Gallery 98 (2015). He is on the board of advisors for Howl! Happening.

“Curator Marc H Miller: Pulling the Punk Pieces Together,” Please Kill Me, 9/25/19


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