Two of Andy Warhol’s old hangs are suddenly back on everyone’s minds: The Dom was mentioned in some of those tributes to Lou Reed, since the Velvet Underground was part of Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable show there. What those tributes failed to note is that 19 St. Marks (which later became the Electric Circus) will soon be home to Beyond Vape, a West Coast chain that sells e-cigs and — holy shit — a Nintendo controller mod (talk about “cloud level”). Definitely seems like a more appropriate use of the space than the Supercuts that preceded it.
Meanwhile, Area — the downtown hotspot where Eric Goode of Bowery Hotel, etc. and Serge Becker of Joe’s Pub, etc. made their names — is the subject of a new photo book, Area: 1983–1987, by Goode and his sister Jennifer. New York magazine has a slideshow of Warhol, Basquiat, Haring and others hanging out at the club, and their work will be on display tonight at The Hole. The Bowery gallery is launching a 5-day exhibit of the work that “made” the club, by a veritable who’s-who of modern art: Francesco Clemente, Chuck Close, Jenny Holzer, Barbra Kruger, Sol LeWitt, Leroy Neiman, Larry Rivers, Maripol, Kenny Scharf, Julian Schnabel, and Survival Research Labs.
In addition, the press release promises rare photographs as well as reenactments of the performance art that made the club the stuff of legend. It’s uncertain whether the human fountain will make a comeback, but judging from a casting call the Hole put out last week, you can definitely expect Warhol impersonators. (Indeed, there will be a re-staging of Andy Warhol’s Invisible Sculpture performance).
The exhibit has been curated by Becker, the Goode siblings, Glenn O’Brien and Jeffrey Deitch, so you know it’s going to be good. As for the after party across the street at Bowery Hotel, you have about as much a chance getting into that as you would’ve had getting into Area.