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EXHIBITIONS: Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll and Design in New York
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Through April 12 at New York's Parsons The New School for Design, 66 Fifth Ave.: "Anarchy to Affluence: Design in New York, 1974-1984." The exhibition "examines important interior, furniture, fashion and graphic design produced in New York during a period in which downtown artists, musicians, playwrights and designers created some of the most avant-garde work produced in America in the last century," according to Parsons. "The mid-1970s to mid-1980s were a time of anxiety and uncertainty in New York — the city experienced economic crises, crime levels peaked, and the very first cases of AIDS were detected," explains Christopher Mount, director of exhibitions and public programs at Parsons. "Although popular Hollywood films such as Taxi Driver and Death Wish portrayed New York as a grim, fear-provoking place, this ignored a vibrant creative community that flourished in the city. Many of these artists and designers, who were considered avant-garde at the time, such as Stephen Sprouse and Betsey Johnson, now represent the mainstream and have had a profound impact on contemporary American popular culture." See www.parsons.newschool.edu for more. We open this showcase with a Buzzcocks' 45 record cover from 1977, designer unknown. The PDF includes a 1979 Stephen Sprouse sketch called "It's Too Late to be Late Again."