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April 18 - June 1

250 Bowery, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012 + Google Map

Opening Reception, Book Signing, and Reading – April 18th, 2024

In honor of the publication of “We Started a Nightclub,” Howl! Arts/Howl! Archive and Some Serious Business will host a book signing and readings from the oral and narrative history of the club. In celebration, Howl!’s 250 Bowery gallery is pleased to present Pyramid Pioneers, an exhibition showcasing early Pyramid Polaroids and posters by Trey Speegle; video, graphics and memorabilia from Mark Oates; photographs by Lynn M. Grabowski (Pyramid name: Baronessa); Julie Hair & Jody Kurilla’s musical memorabilia from their Pyramid series, Tuesday Night Fever; clips from the documentary Pyramid Club–The Movie directed by Elizabeth Bouiss; and flyers and photos featured in the book from Howl! Archives’ Brian Butterick Collection.  Copies of the book may be purchased at the book signing and throughout the run of the exhibition. 

Polaroids by Trey Speegle

“We Started a Nightclub”: The Birth of the Pyramid Cocktail Lounge as Told by Those Who Lived It by Brian Butterick, Susan Martin, and Kestutis Nakas is a narrative and oral history comprising more than 75 interviews with performers and bar boys, doorpersons and DJs. It covers the early years of the Pyramid from the time of its founding in 1981 through its rise, near demise, and rebirth. Throughout the book project, Howl! Arts has lent its support. Their Archive is the repository for the collections of Brian Butterick, book co-author and close collaborator of Howl! Executive Director, Jane Friedman. Archivist Aldo Hernandez provided invaluable resources from Brian’s Pyramid Collection. Designed by Jeff Streeper for MODERN IDENTITY. Published by Damiani Books in association with Some Serious Business. Publication date: April 30th.

Buy your book now and pick it up at HA/HA!

The book is also available for pre-sale in Europe through Damiani Books.

Top Image: Lynn M. Grabowski

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