The Downtown Luminaries and Universal Interaction #3
May 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Book Release by Robert Carrithers and Happening by Ammo with DJ Dany Johnson
Join Howl! Happening for a happening with Ammo (aka Shawn McQuate) featuring Berlin artist Magdalena Wysocka, in honor of the New York book publication party for The Downtown Luminaries by Robert Carrithers (Pogo Books,Berlin)
The book is a compendium of Carrithers’ photographs of 1980’s New York and the cultural luminaries who continue to shape our consciousness. It was a time of enormous creativity and decay, when anything was possible on the streets, in the tenements, and in brilliant nightclubs. One-night art shows, wild theme parties, nightlife and musical happenings of every kind reigned supreme, in a spirit of collaboration and community. Long gone but not forgotten, in these vibrant images of New York Carrithers captures the spirit of the times. The author will sign books and present a slide show and commentary about the journey from then to now.
Experience a Club 57 happening! Carrithers is joined by Ammo, aka Shawn McQuate the Great, infamous for creating unique happenings at Club 57 from 1979 to 1982. Participants include former Club 57 members, surprise guests, and audience members!
A happening is all about chance, the unexpected, and surprise. Planned by Ammo, the outcome of his Universal Interaction happenings is unknown—constantly changing, funny, entertaining, and thought-provoking. Inspired by the city and the noise; humanity; and moments of joy, hilarity, and tragedy; the event is participatory, chaotic, unpredictable…just like life in the Big Apple.
Club 57 alum DJ Dany Johnson provides the sound effects and music, and the audience is the star.