Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-83: A Symposium and Photographic Show

8 October 2016
NYU Tisch Performance Studies, 721 Broadway (at Waverly Pl.), Suite 612, 10:00-6:00
Howl Gallery, 6 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003
Free admission, no reservations

Introduction: Sukhdev Sandhu intro/Tim Lawrence keynote: 10:00-10:30

Panel 1: Downtown video and film: 10:30-11:45

Panellists: Emily Armstrong (video filmmaker), Kit Fitzgerald (video filmmaker) and Pat Ivers (video filmmaker)
Chair: Marvin Taylor

Break 11:45-12:00

Panel 2: Lifecycle of the NYC/Downtown Party Scene: 12:00-1:15

Panellists: Leonard Abrams (East Village Eye), Patti Astor (downtown actor, Fun Gallery, Wild Style), Johnny Dynell (Mudd Club, Pyramid, Danceteria, Area), Steven Harvey (New York Rocker)
Chair: Bernard Gendron

Lunch (free): 1:15-2:15

Panel 3: The Downtown Sound: DJs, Bands, Production, Remixing: 2:15-3:30

Panellists: Danny Krivit (Roxy), Sal Principato (Liquid Liquid), John Robie (musician, producer), Sharon White (the Saint)
Chair: Tim Lawrence

Break: 3:30-3:45

Readings: Patti Astor and Tim Lawrence: 3:45-4:30

Break: 4:30-4:45

Panel 4: Collaboration, Convergence, Democracy: 4:45-6:00

Panellists: Jim Fouratt (Hurrah, Danceteria), Glenn O'Brien (TV Party, Downtown 81), Chi Chi Valenti (Mudd Club, Danceteria), Michael Zilkha (ZE Records)
Chair: Jeffrey Deitch

Howl Gallery 6:30-9:30 Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor photography show / free entry

6:30-7:15 drinks/book reception

Photographic presentations by Allan Tannenbaum, Harvey Wang, Ande Whyland with Dany Johnson, and Bobby Grossman with Richard Boch

Organised by Tim Lawrence/Centre for Cultural Studies Research at the University of East London and Sukhdev Sandhu/The Colloquium for Unpopular Culture/New York University. With thanks to NYU, UEL, Howl Gallery and Jeffrey Deitch.

For more information, please contact Sukhdev Sandhu at ss162(at)