Not to take anything away from the subsequent years and decades of shows that are still happening at the NYC venue every weekend, but the first two years of Saturday matinees at ABC No Rio were an incredibly exhilarating time. To help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the matinees, ABC No Rio will be hosting an exhibit opening on May 7 with a screening and presentation on May 15. The exhibit is meant to highlight the various volunteers, bands, photographers, fanzine editors, and show attendees that built the matinees from the ground up.
Retrospectives are a tricky proposition, as nothing short of a time machine can really transport one back to the sights and sounds of a specific era. So, we've chosen to do the next best thing: throw an event filled with as many amazing images from those times as possible, round up the original organizers to do presentations, and screen some vintage footage that no one's ever seen.
In short, we've done everything possible to try and recreate the magical vibe of those early days. If you plan on coming to the exhibit, suspend your disbelief for a bit and soak up the ambiance. It helps that, while the neighborhood surrounding the club has drastically changed, the facade and interior of the building remains pretty much the same since the '90s.
Here is the information for the photo exhibit:
ABC No Rio
156 Rivington St.
New York, NY 10002
Part 1: May 7, Opening Reception
Part 2: May 15, Screening and Presentation
The exhibit will be up from May 7 to June 4 as part of Lower East Side History Month and was funded in part with support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 6pm - 9pm
Sundays: 3pm - 5pm