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That 70s Show: New York City in the 1970s

PowerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, 718-666-3049
March 9 - April 15, 2007
Reception: Friday, March 9, 6 - 8 PM
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That 70s Show is an ode to a city long forgotten, a city on the brink of bankruptcy, rife with anarchy, brimming with uninhibited flavor and fearless adventure: New York City in the 70s. The exhibition pays tribute to the people of New York—from the pimps and the pushers to the police and the politicians, the musicians and the artists to everyday citizens—whose perseverance during these years reveals the true spirit of our city. That 70s Show takes us back to a time of crisis and creativity, anxiety and artistry, madness and majesty—when genius burned up the sky like the Bronx on fire.

Featured artists include:

  • Charlie Ahearn, writer, director, and producer of Wild Style
  • Alvin Baltrop (1948-2004), Vietnam-era veteran and photographer of New York’s West Side Piers from 1975-1986
  • Roberta Bayley, Queen of punk rock photography
  • BLADE, King of graff; only living artist other than Warhol to be on cover of Sotheby’s catalogue
  • Joe Conzo, photographer shooting hip hop and salsa in the Bronx during the 1970s
  • Martha Cooper, photographer of Subway Art, Hip Hop Files: 1979-1984, and We B*Girlz
  • DAZE, old-school graffiti legend and artist
  • Misha Erwitt, noted photojournalist
  • John Fekner, famed street artist whose stencils in the Bronx defined the era
  • Larry Fink, celebrated photographer and author five books including Social Graces
  • Flo Fox, old-school street photographer
  • Jill Freedman, acclaimed documentary photographer and author of Street Cops
  • Carol Friedman, portrait photographer and author of The Jazz Pictures
  • Ron Galella, godfather of the paparazzi and author of five books including Disco Years
  • Flint Gennari, old-school graffiti pioneer and fine art photojournalist
  • Godlis, the CBGBs photographer
  • Arlene Gottfried, author of Midnight and Sometimes Overwhelming
  • Bobby Grossman, photographer and star of Downtown 81
  • IZ THE WIZ, old-school graffiti legend and artist
  • Lisa Kahane, documentary photographer shooting the South Bronx in the late 70s
  • Seth Kushner, portrait photographer and author of The Brooklynites
  • Helen Levitt, celebrated street photographer and author of Slide Show, Here and There
  • Builder Levy, noted photographer; author of Images of Appalachian Coalfields and Builder Levy Photographer
  • Christopher Makos, famed Warhol photographer and Factory personality
  • Maripol, Queen of the Polaroid, stylist extraordinaire, and film producer
  • Susan Meiselas, Magnum photographer and author of Carnival Strippers
  • Metal Man Ed, metal sculptor
  • Anton Perich, publisher of Night magazine, painter, photographer and video artist
  • Dustin Pittman, W and WWD fashion photographer and 70s pop-culture documentarian
  • Joseph Rodriguez, acclaimed photojournalist and author of four books
  • Thomas Roma, Guggenheim Fellow and Director of the Photography at Columbia University
  • Jamel Shabazz, celebrated street photographer and author of Back in the Days
  • SEEN, old-school graffiti legend
  • SHADOW aka Christopher Lee, old-school graffiti pioneer
  • SNAKE 1, one of the founders of Writers Corner188
  • Harvey Stein, street and portrait photographer, author of four books including Coney Island
  • Straightman aka LAVA, old-school graffiti writer and flyer king
  • Helen M. Stummer, fine art photo documentarian, author of No Easy Walk, Newark, 1980-1993
  • Allan Tannenbaum, photojournalist for SoHo Weekly News and author of New York in the 70s
  • James TOP, old-school graffiti pioneer and artist
  • Harvey Wang, award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and author of Harvey Wang’s New York and Flophouse
  • Dondi White, old-school graffiti legend and artist
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