REOPENING- September 12th, 2020. Looking for a great way to travel back into time! Studio 54:Night Magic Pop-Up at the Brooklyn Museum is a phenomenal way to start. Brooklyn Museum has put together a pop-up like no other. This exhibit will be displayed from March 13–July 5, 2020. We had the pleasure of experiencing it at a press preview before the pandemic uprooted our nation.
Studio 54: Night Magic Pop-Up exhibit gives you an opportunity to experience the party scene of this iconic nightclub and its artifacts, radiant history, clothing and jewels worn by icons of this era. Studio 54: Night Magic is curated and designed by Matthew Yokobosky, Senior Curator of Fashion and Material Culture, Brooklyn Museum.
A time in history where all backgrounds and lifestyles could come together for nights of music, dazzling lights, and the popular song and dance “The Hustle.”
Organized chronologically, Studio 54: Night Magic uses photography, fashion, drawing, and film, as well as never-before-exhibited costume illustrations, set proposals, and designs, to place the nightclub within the wider history of New York, from Prohibition through the 1970s. Blueprints and architecture models illustrate the club’s innovative development and creation, while documentation of extravagant theme parties traces its thirty-three month run. The exhibition continues through the years after the nightclub’s closure, showing the ongoing influence of Studio 54 aesthetics.
Following the Vietnam War, and amid the nationwide Civil Rights Movement and fights for LGBTQ+ and women’s rights, a nearly bankrupted New York City hungered for social and creative transformation as well as a sense of joyous celebration after years of protest and upheaval. Low rents attracted a diversity of artists, fashion designers, writers, and musicians, catalyzing the invention of new art forms, including musical genres such as punk, hip-hop, and disco. In a rare societal shift, people from different sexual, sociopolitical, and financial strata intermingled freely in the after-hours nightclubs of New York City. No place exemplified this more than Studio 54.