In a two-fold celebration of the 40th anniversary of Blondie’s formation and guitarist/co-founder Chris Stein’s photography book release, the Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery is hosting a week-long exhibition. The show features ephemera and photographs from Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk as well as the work of other important photographers who were in and around the New York City punk scene of the ’70s and ’80s.
The gallery space itself retains a hint of that old New York grit, and the large black-and-white portraits and color snapshots of Debby Harry, Clem Burke, and Chris Stein alongside the likes of Andy Warhol, Iggy Pop, William S. Burroughs, and Joan Jett are potent artifacts of the downtown cool of yore.
Photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe, Godlis, Annie Leibovitz, Bobby Grossman, and Roberta Bayley, among others, are also included in the show. Visitors can also ogle vintage Blondie band tees, concert passes, and show flyers.
We’re bummed we missed the opening party Monday night (apparently Debbie Harry and Chris Stein were there), but you can still catch the show for free now through Monday, Sept. 29 at the Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery.