press release

In the mid-1970s, right on the heels of Conceptual art and Minimalism, many visual artists turned to making raw, hard-edged work that addressed urban blight and bad economies. With an ear set to punk, these artists worked in the netherworld between music and media, often forming their own short-lived bands. Their rough, do-it-yourself projects pushed the envelope of interdisciplinary experimentation, which soon spread to underground venues from New York to London, Düsseldorf, and Krakow. This exhibition features music videos, super-8 films, drawings, photographs, and zines from MoMA's collection that explore the melding of music, media, and visual art in the final decades leading up to the twenty-first century.

Organized by Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art.

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Looking at Music: Side 2

artists / photographers: Laurie Anderson, Beth B , Judith Barry / Richard Kern, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ericka Beckman, Blondie , Coleen Fitzgibbon, Bob Gruen, Richard Hell and The Voidoids / Roberta Bayley, James Nares, Glenn O´Brien / Bobby Grossman , The Ramones  / Bob Gruen, Patti Smith, Sonic Youth  / Stephanie Chernikowski, Suicide , Talking Heads  / Godlis , Television  / Bob Gruen.

Barbara London