Paradise: Underground Culture in NYC 1978-84


Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects presents Paradise: underground culture in NYC 1978-84, a group exhibition about a pivotal moment in New York cultural history. The exhibition includes original photo-copied posters for bands, films and theater, paintings, drawings, photography and a group of films by independent filmmakers and documentaries about the Lower East Side from 1978-1984.

X Magazine Benefit Screening

The opening is on Wednesday, October 12th, from 7-9pm. The exhibition continues through November 14th. There will be a conversation between Steven Harvey and Tim Lawrence, the author of LIFE AND DEATH ON THE NEW YORK DANCE FLOOR, 1980-83, just published by Duke University Press, on Sunday October 16th, at 3PM, at the gallery.

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HOWL Celebrates The East Village Eye

13903266_1635911966700006_844281915406682454_nFriday, September 16 – Sunday, October 9, 2016

L.E.S. by C. Fitzgibbon screening at 3pm September 24th

Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project is pleased to shine a light on another important source of East Village social and cultural history: The East Village Eye. A monthly magazine published from 1979 through 1987, The East Village Eyefocused on popular and avant-garde culture, politics and other issues relevant to the East Village and environs. Self-styled as “a community in print,” the magazine is noted for its groundbreaking coverage of the emerging punk, new wave and hip hop music scenes of the time, as well as the influential art, literature, film and performance worlds of the era.

The East Village Eye Show will feature covers, centerfolds, interior pages, ephemera and photographic prints, as well as key artwork from the era. The show draws from the nearly 4,000 pages, 3,000 photographs, sets of original copies and attendant materials that constitute The East Village Eye Archive, dubbed “the King Tut’s tomb of downtown New York.”

Special Events are also planned. Check the Howl! Happening website for updates.
September 18: Panel Discussion
September 24: New/No Wave Films
September 25: Cinema of Transgression
October 6: Channeling the Dead: Readings of stories by deceased writers Kathy Acker, Cookie Mueller, Rene Ricard, David Wojnarowicz and (too many) others.

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Filmmakers’ Coop Paddle 8 Art Auction

13934758_10153655652856671_532697434638432559_nThis benefit art auction supports the New American Cinema Group/The Film-Makers’ Cooperative, the oldest, largest non-profit distributor of avant-garde cinema. Since its founding in 1961, the Coop has grown to distribute over 5,000 titles by its 1,000 members. The Coop is currently embarking on a project to digitize its expansive celluloid and paper collection in an effort to make avant-garde cinema available to new audiences.

The auction is LIVE from August 23rd to September 6th:

Featuring the following artists:

Charlie Ahearn • John Ahearn • Peggy Ahwesh • Ulvis Alberts • The Andy Warhol Museum • Katherine Bauer • Sarah Bedford • Andrea Callard • Calmx • Donna Cameron • Mirjana Ciric • Jody Culkin • Lisa Dilillo • James Dowell • Sara Driver • Bradley Eros • Peter Fend • Coleen Fitzgibbon • James Franco • Su Friedrich • Bobby G • llona Granet • Ethan Greenbaum • Hal Hartley • Sharon Haskell • Jasmine Hirst • Kate Huh • Takahiko Iimura • Ken Jacobs • Jim Jarmusch • Antonia Kuo • Juanita Lanzo • Katy Martin • Jen Mazza • Jonas Mekas • Jocelyn Miller • Joseph Nechvatal • Dan Ochiva • Alice O’Malley • Tom Otterness • Cara Perlman • Walter Robinson • Barbara Rosenthal • Christy Rupp • Lynne Sachs • Zoë Sheehan Saldaña • Marja Samson • Carolee Schneemann • Rosalind Schneider • MM Serra • Russell Sheaffer • Shell Sheddy • Terise Slotkin • Georgie Smith & Amy Lowles • Mark Street • Molly Surno • Richard Sylvarnes • Laurie Thomas • Leslie Thorton • J. Kathleen White • Robin Winters

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FMC Art Auction Preview


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Collaborative Projects and Art Economies


​Collaborative Projects and Art Economies
Monday, June 27th​, 2016​
6:30-8:30 PM
40 Rector Street, 15th Floor, Suite 1500, New York, NY 10006
*you must bring an ID to sign into the building*
(Because space is limited, we are unfortunately not able to welcome guests who did not RSVP)

​Panel with Stephen Zacks, Michael Mandiberg and artists Coleen Fitzgibbon, Joe Lewis, ​Ann Messner, Peter Fend, Tom Otterness, Lisa Kahane, Robin Winters and John Ahearn present to discuss Collaborative Projects and art economies.

In the late 1970s, artists and artist collectives made art and exhibitions in response to a growing awareness of art’s relation to communities, real estate, and economic development. The members of Collaborative Projects (Colab) created themed group shows, Fashion Moda gallery, the Times Square Show, the Real Estate Show, and the ABC No Rio activist art space, pioneering many of the modes and strategies deployed by socially-engaged artists today. Join us for a discussion with members, including Coleen Fitzgibbon, Joe Lewis, and others, moderated by Stephen Zacks.

The event is by RSVP only, as space is limited. To RSVP, send an email to by Sunday, June 26th.

Colab is known for its progressively explicit and confrontational approach to art exhibitions. Between 1978 and 1981, the group reacted to the struggle for space in and around SoHo by moving its exhibitions to private studios and lofts, galleries in poorer neighborhoods, and temporary spaces donated by owners. Finally, on New Year’s Eve at the end of 1979, the artists illegally occupied an in rem city-owned storefront as a self-proclaimed insurrectionary act. Despite their greater access to cultural capital, many Colab artists saw themselves as naturally aligned with people of color and classes displaced by speculative real estate development.

This discussion is a public session of the New York Arts Practicum, presented as pre-exhibition programming for Michael Mandiberg’s FDIC Insured at the Time Equities, Inc. Art-in-Buildings Program Project Space. FDIC Insured will transform a disused office space, echoing Colab’s approach to challenge the political and social identities of urban spaces. The project is produced by Art-in-Buildings and Denny Gallery.

40 Rector Street, 15th Floor, Suite 1500, New York, NY 10006

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Colab Talk at Printed Matter

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Coleen Fitzgibbon Land Of Nod Talk at Dorian Grey Galley

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Paintings and Video at Dorian Grey Gallery

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“Land of Nod” at Dorian Grey Gallery

C. Fitzgibbon’s “Land of Nod” film and stills, will be on view at Dorian Grey Gallery: 437 E. 9th Street, New York NY

Opening Reception: April 6th, 2016 6-9pm

The gallery hosts an artist talk April 30th

Land of Nod Still

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Jonathan Silver: Infidel in the Studio

My latest film is a documentary about the enigmatic sculptor Jonathan Silver, the film turns a lens on the work of this prolific artist, whose work helped redefine the boundaries of figurative sculpture and installation during the 1980’s.

In order to raise funds for the final edit, color correction and original score by Evan Lurie, I have launched an IndieGoGo.

I was fortunate to interview Jonathan, along with art critic Michael Brenson, during his lifetime. The film features these interviews along with conversations with Jonathan’s wife Barbara Silver, curator Donna Harkavy, and others who knew him. I was granted access to Jonathan’s sculpture studio containing his artwork, photographs, and sketchbooks featuring studies for his large scale works. It’s important that Jonathan’s legacy be made accessible to a new generation of artists and art historians, I believe this film provides that educational opportunity.

Jonathon in studio copy

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