Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-83: Tim Lawrence and Tavia Nyong’O
Where: Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave.
212-817-7000 Price: Free
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Please join Intellectual Publics for “Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-83” featuring Tim Lawrence in conversation with Tavia Nyong’o.
Continuing his analysis of the New York City party scene, Tim Lawrence focuses on the early 1980s, a largely neglected period that was characterized by its creativity, intensity and integration. He outlines how the period witnessed the discreet sounds of disco, punk, rock, rap and dub-reggae give way to an array of mutant combinations. He also explores how the city’s party venues became multi-sensory hubs that regularly combined DJing, live performance, performance art, art, video, film and immersive happenings. What were the economic and social conditions that gave rise to this era of hybrid activity and how did changing circumstances augur its premature end?Buy tickets/get more info now