John Sex with Aqua Net, Club 57 ladies room. Aquanet.
M Henry Jones at the door
Henry at the door of 57 Saint Marks Place.
PS 57 performance
Peter Kwaloff in costume for PS 57
PS 57 performance
Jonathan Quinn in the production of PS 57
Frank Holiday and William?
Frank Holiday and I think it's William Fleet Lively
Simone & Deb O'Nair
Simone & Deb O'Nair, the re is a package for Dany & Ande on the shelf behind them.
Chris & Nancy
Chris and Nancy worked with me at a clothing company, he was a salesman, she is a designer. Chris also DJ'd retro 50s events at Carmelita's Reception House on 14th Street.
Dany at the DJ booth.
Charlotte Slivka, met her at the Ladies Auxiliary and she was also in Pulsallama.
Susan Hannaford at the door.
Country Western Night at Club 57
Wendy Wild on the far right, channeling Dolly Parton. Katy K in the center.
Lady Wrestling night at Club 57
Photographer, unknown, I have the slide.
Jonathan Quinn, Jon Weiss, April Palmieri & Marek Pakulski
Ladies Wrestling night
Bill Landis MC, April and Diana Lillig wrestlers, Marek my "manager" in the turban.
Photographer, unknown, I have the slide.
Diana Lillig 1980
Tish & Snooky
The most lovely Bellamo sisters of the band Sick F*cks & creators of the legendary Manic Panic shop, hair color and makeup line. Club 57 Debutante Ball.
Locations Beyond Club 57
This is a collection of images including Club 57 members in locations other than the club itself, and some after the club ceased to be.
These are photos I took, and some taken of me with my camera.
I started with a Minolta SLR, then I got a Nikon point and shoot later in the 80s, the same model that Warhol used. The flash would not always fire properly on the Minolta, getting a good shot at night was rare, and it was large enough to discourage schelpping it around in any situation.
I have since discarded my old cameras because I carried them around and used them until they wore out, or broke. The Nikon died from using rechargeable NiCad batteries rather than Alkaline. Actually I did that twice, a second camera also overheated one too many times from NiCad batteries. Live and learn.
Miami Beach 1988
John Sex and the Bodacious Ta Ta's on the road in Miami.
This photo was taken with my camera by Wilfredo Vela who traveled with us on this occasion. We were in the lobby of our apartment hotel on the way to play at Club Nu, we walked over. I was wearing street shoes, my silver platforms were in my bag, so i kicked off my shoes for this pose.
Haring in Midtown
I worked in the Empire State Building near Keith's apartment that was located on 6th Avenue between 39th and 40th Streets. I would see him around the area. The time period was about 1980. I don't know the name of his companion.
Lori, Min, Wendy, Kim backstage. On a tour with The Clash August 23, 1982, location, Cape Cod Coliseum, Hyannis, South Yarmouth Massachusetts. US – Aug 23, 1982.
Photographed the boardwalk at Rockaway Beach in Queens, NY. I used to go to Rockaway at the Beach 44th Street A train stop, every summer with my art school friends from SVA and Cooper Union, the leader of this pack was Kim Schapich from Chicago, she just loved the ocean.
At that time, Rockaway desolate abandoned area, the beach version of the East Village. The reason this was a choice location was that you could barbecue and bring dogs, park close to the beach. I even saw some guys steal tires from a car while I watched from the boardwalk. One year, as it got dark out, some police stopped by and suggested we leave before sundown for our own safety. My high school buddy Larry's cousin was a lifeguard at this beach, he attended one of these parties also.
Of course I invited anyone who wanted to go from my Club 57 friends, including Robert.
Gerard Little aka Frankie Lymon's Nephew
Gerard Little really was Frankie Lymon's Nephew. He had an act with that name. I performed with him at a few locations including Danceteria. I think this photo was taken in the basement of Danceteria. Gerard was known for making evening gowns out of black plastic trash bags. His tag line was "Pick me up, I'm garbage. Take me out, I'm trash." I visited his home in Spanish Harlem. He lived in a walk up. He had a lot of his wardrobe visible and a vintage dressing table. I know he worked for NYU. Robert Carrithers has a photo of Gerard at home on Flickr, exactly as I remember it.
Katy K and John Sex at Fiorucci
This scan is over-sharpend. :-(
I'll have to scan again.
An adorable tableaux vivant with Katy K and John Sex in Fiorucci's Window for Valentine's Day 1982.
M. Henry Jones
As seen at Danceteria, lower level, coat check, dressing rooms, hallway. Where all the cool kids hung out.
We set up a Pulsallama photo shoot at Kathy Cooke's loft on 22nd street. 1981
In the apartment of Deb O'Nair & Rudy Protrudi
Diana Lillig, Deb O'Nair, Rene Poulet, Kitty?
Min at the Hacienda Club
Pulsallama played at the legendary Hacienda Club in Manchester, England. The photo was taken in the dressing room. She cut her finger, I don't remember how, she played the bongos in the band, so this was a problem. October 1982.
Tableaux vivant at Fiorucci
Katy K and John Sex, Valentine's Day, 1982, Fiorucci, NYC.
Robert & John
There was a picnic on 4th of July, everyone met on the steps of Club 57 then went to Fort Tryon Park. I didn't go, I was broke and there were no cash machines in the olden days. I did take a few pictures, this is one. Robert Carrithers& John Sex.
The In Crowd on Saint Marks Place
Drew Strawb, unknown, Ann Magnuson, Stacey Elkn, John Sex, AMMO
John Sex at home
John lived at 85 Saint Marks Place. He is modeling one of his home embellished outfits for me.
Gerard & John
There was a record release party for Pulsallama at Lucky Strike on Stuyvesant Street. Grearar Little and John Sex attended.
Kurt, Min & Kenny
Pulsallama record release party at Lucky Strike. 1982.
Kurt Thometz, Min Thometz, Kenny Scharf.
Ann at home
Ann Magnuson was kind enough to model for me at her home. Photos like this are my way of sketching for an art project like an oil painting. I have a BFA from SVA.
Keith at PS122
Keith Haring working at PS122 on First Avenue and 9th Street. I lived a block away, at 170 First Avenue.
Daria Deshuk at her studio in PS122
Pulsallama photoshoot at Kwong Chi's loft
Once again, I brought my Minolta to record a little behind the scenes of a Pulsallama photo shoot with Tesng Kwong Chi. The theme was International. Lori Montana is USA, Ann Magnuson is a Russian peasant, Stacey Joy is a French sophisticate. In the far left in the background, is Diana Lillig wearing a Latin American outfit. For the record I wore an Italian inspired outfit.
Soho Weekly News
I was invited to model for Soho Weekly News by style editor Ann Magnuson that was photographed at the loft of noted photographer and Club 57 regular Tseng Kwong Chi. I would often bring my own camera just to record my own participation in such events.
I am modeling a hat designed by Stacey Joy Elkin. The other models are Carmel Johnson and Susan Hannaford.
Everyone involved in this Italian themed photo shoot I knew from Club 57. Ann Magnuson may have taken this photo with my Minolta SLR.
Katy K fashion show models Photo by Julie Scher
April Palmieri & Wendy Wild modeling fashions by designer Katy K at a rockabilly nightclub. I bet Katy remembers the name of the club. In the dressing room.
This is a photo by Julie Scher.
Backstage at Danceteria
Laura Kenyon and Katy K be hind the scenes at Danceteria. I suspect this was a Marc Shaiman - Scott Whitman Production. We can verify the event.
I kept a lot of things. Sometimes I wonder why, then I look a little closer. It's all part of our collective story.
2010 Club 57 Art Show poster
Photo & flyer by me.
I designed the flyer and produced this event.
The competition was won by artist Peter Dudek.
Soundtrack column by Roy Trakin, In Cinema Magazine
Here's Mudd in your Eye by Roy Trakin.
Article featuresNIGHTCLUBBING cable tv show produced by Pat ivers and Emily Armstrong and their work at Danceteria. There are Polaroids of Pat Ivers, and Deb O'Nair & Rudi Protrudi illustrating the article.
In Cinema magazine distributed at movie theaters. Volume I issue II
Pulsallama Christmas Cards
1982, painted commercially produced Christmas card for Pulsallama by April Palmieri. I painted two versions with dayglo paint and color xeroxed the cards. Photo from my camera taken backstage at The Venue, London, by Dick O'Dell of Y records.
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Wendy Wild, John Sex & Miss April at the home of Arturo in the Mission District. We performed at Club DV8 on the same bill as Sylvester.
John Sex and Wendy Wild on the beach. We were in town to do a show.
Wendy was always a great model. I had assignment to photograph punk fashion from a postcard company. I like this dramatic car wreck somewhere near Tompkins Square Park, Alphabet City.
Wendy Wild Pulsallama
Pulsallama played at The Venue in London, 1982.
Wendy poses with Foam Core guitar she created.
Window shopping. Boots. Pulsallama tour, 1982 London
Katy K fashion show models backstage Long Island
April Palmieri & Wendy Wild modeling fashions by designer Katy K at a rockabilly nightclub. I bet Katy remembers the name of the club.
This is a photo by Julie Scher.
Beyond Club 57 part 2
More photos of people I know from Club 57 in other locations like The Mudd Club, The Pyramid Club, Palladium, Danceteria, Limelight, Area, The Cat Club, and more.
Scharf room at the Palladium
I was invited to dance in the Space Party video in Kenny Scharf room installation at the Palladium 1985. I brought my camera.
Kenny Scharf Space Party
Kenny Scharf designed and created the lounge of the Palladium, and filmed Space Party there.
In the Scharf Room at the Palladium NYC
The Slide Show
My final edit of 80 images for the exhibition Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983 at MoMA opening 10/31/17.
Backstage at a Katy K fashion show. Wendy, a hairdresser and a can of Aerolac. Long Island NY, 1980s
Keith & John
Club 57 church steps.
Lady Wrestling at Club 57
Lower East Side story
I'm researching some images for an upcoming book about the Lower East Side. My maternal grandmother was born on Essex Street. My dad was born on Chrystie Street in 1929. I lived in the Lower East Side from 1975 to 1999.
Greenwich Village Art Show 1987
Frank Palmieri, with daughters April and Janice. This is my father's outdoor gallery space at the famous Greenwich Village Art Show in Manhattan. I discovered he painted on the reverse side of a painting I really liked, a landscape from Maine. We are posing with the original painting facing the camera. He painted on masonite panels. Dad was born on the Lower East Side, on Chrystie Street in the early 1920s. After serving in WW2 in the Army Air Corps, Frank went to The Art Student's League, where he met his wife Anita. They ran their own art galleries in NY, Maine and Florida.