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Kenny Scharf Will Transform MoMA Into a Trippy 'Cosmic Cavern'

As part of the artist’s “Club 57” show this Halloween.

Kenny Scharf is opening a new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City this Halloween. Titled “Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983,” the show pays tribute to the historic nightclub and performance space located at 57 St. Mark’s Place—a popular hangout spot for legendary artists Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and more.

At the space, the pop surrealist will also inject design cues inspired by his notorious Cosmic Cavern parties. In 1981, Scharf and Haring kicked off the first Cosmic Cavern at their apartment in Times Square. Party-goers were immersed in a fluorescent-drenched universe covered with graffiti tags and bizarre objects.

Conclusively, the “Club 57” show will display a wide range of artistic mediums spanning “film, video, performance, and theater to photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, zines, fashion design, and curating,” as stated in MoMA’s press release. Head over to MoMA’s website to learn more about the exhibit that will launch on October 31. Get a glimpse of the show below.

MoMA
11 W 53rd St.
New York, NY 10019

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