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Studio 54: Night Magic

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EXHIBITION OVERVIEW

How does a nightclub, open for less than three years, become the global epicentre of music, fashion and design? Studio 54: Night Magic transports visitors back to 1977 when revolutionary creativity, expressive freedom and sexual liberation transformed a New York City nightclub into a phenomenon.
 
Featuring hundreds of objects, including photographs, films, sketches and designer fashions, the exhibition traces the nightclub’s trailblazing aesthetics while situating it within the broader social and historical context of the period. Organized chronologically, visitors are led through the exhibition to the sounds of disco music. Curated by Matthew Yokobosky, Senior Curator of Fashion and Material Culture at the Brooklyn Museum in New York State, the installation at the AGO will be overseen by Julian Cox, Deputy Director and Chief Curator.

On opening night, dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre took to the stage indoors, while crowds outside clamored to be admitted. Inside, celebrities, fashion designers, artists, musicians, New Yorkers both gay and straight, Black, White and Latino, all mingled together. Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Cher, Michael Jackson, Truman Capote and Margaret Trudeau were all regulars, and the media couldn’t get enough. During this post-Watergate, pre-AIDS era, glamour danced to a disco beat, and for the 33 months it lasted, Studio 54 was the watchword for creative expression and no-holds-barred excitement.

Studio 54: Night Magic is organized by the Brooklyn Museum. It is curated by Matthew Yokobosky, Senior Curator of Fashion and Material Culture, Brooklyn Museum. 


VIDEOS FROM THE EXHIBITION

Studio 54: Night Magic Teaser

Behind The Scenes of Studio 54 with Paul Mathiesen

 


ARTWORKS FROM THE EXHIBITION

Photo by Guy Marineau, Pat Cleveland on the dance floor during Halston's disco bash at Studio 54, 1977

Guy Marineau, Pat Cleveland on the dance floor during Halston's disco bash at Studio 54, 1977. Photo: Guy Marineau / WWD / Shutterstock.

Studio 54 artwork 1
Ron Galella, "A Salute to American Designers," Sterling Jacques and Eartha Kitt, May 23, 1978. Gelatin silver print.

Ron Galella, "A Salute to American Designers," Sterling Jacques and Eartha Kitt, May 23, 1978. Gelatin silver print, 27.9 x 21.6 cm. Courtesy of the artist. © Ron Galella.

Studio 54 artwork 2
Meryl Meisler, Stretched on Floor (Silver Boots), Gelatin silver print

Meryl Meisler, Stretched on Floor (Silver Boots), 1977; printed 2019. Gelatin silver print, 35.6 x 35.6 cm. Courtesy of the artist. © Meryl Meisler.

Studio 54 artwork 3
Dustin Pittman, Red Balloons, Photograph

Dustin Pittman, Red Balloons, 1979. Photograph, 25.4 x 20.3 cm. Courtesy of the artist. © Dustin Pittman.

Studio 54 artwork 4
Dustin Pittman, Stroke of Midnight at Studio 54, 1978–79. Photograph.

Dustin Pittman, Stroke of Midnight at Studio 54, 1978–79. Photograph, 38.1 x 50.8 cm. Courtesy of the artist. © Dustin Pittman.

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EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

Studio 54: Night Magic

Author: Matthew Yokobosky

Telling the story of this legendary club, as well as serving as a companion to the exhibition, Studio 54: Night Magic serves as a document of the era, depicting the wild energy and provocative creativity of this seminal cultural moment.

176 pages
27.94 x 1.42 x 37.47 cm

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Studio 54 catalogue book cover

 

Studio 54 curated dinner


Curated Dinner Series

Inspired by our new Studio 54: Night Magic exhibition, AGO Bistro is excited to bring its beloved Curated Dinner program into your homes.

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Studio 54 events

RELATED TALKS AND EVENTS

New!
Youth Events
Distance Dress-Up: Party of 1
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Distance Dress Up invites everyone to dress up in their favourite party outfit, take a selfie of themselves and post on IG using #distancedressup!

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Youth Events
Disco Dances presented by Funky Facilitators
Wednesdays, January 6 - February 24, 3 pm

Get ready for Studio 54: Night Magic with 8 weekly workshops on the Hustle and Whacking, two dance forms that came out of the disco era.

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Talks
Studio 54: Behind the Scenes
Wednesday, January 20, 6 pm

Join Studio 54: Night Magic curator Matthew Yokobosky for a conversation with the AGO's Paul Mathiesen and Julian Cox about the look, design and vibe of the legendary Manhattan nightclub. Hear behind the scenes stories from Paul Mathiesen, who worked at Studio 54 during its heyday.

Workshops
Life Drawing Inspired by Studio 54
January 30th

Join us for a one-day workshop where we explore a series of gestural drawing exercises set to Disco music and inspired by the Studio 54: Night Magic exhibition. Capture the poses and dance moves of a live model, while listening to music of the late 1970's and early 1980's.

Performance
AGO Live: Electric (Disco) Circus
February 5 at 6pm EST

Join us as we celebrate the cultural impact of Studio 54 with the help of DJs V∆NESS∆ and Pammm as they explore the underground legacy of Electric Circus, Toronto's dance party from the 90s.

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Golden Groove: Studio 54 Virtual Tour
Friday, February 5, 11 am

In partnership with the Koffler Centre of the Arts and their long-term community partner, Dancing with Parkinson’s, the AGO is inviting all seniors to experience a virtual tour of Studio 54: Night Magic. AGO Art Educator, Lauren Spring, highlights stories and objects in the exhibition to support two workshops exploring crea

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Talks
Studio 54 and the Art of Fashion
Tuesday, February 9, 7 pm

Join the legendary André Leon Talley and the iconic designer Diane von Furstenberg for a conversation about their lives in fashion, and the looks they saw at Studio 54.

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Golden Groove: Lightning in a Bottle - Part 1
Friday, February 26 at 1 pm

In partnership with the Koffler Centre of the Arts and their long-term community partner, Dancing with Parkinson’s, the AGO is inviting all seniors to participate in a series of dance workshops inspired by the new exhibition, Studio 54: Night Magic.

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Golden Groove: Lightning in a Bottle - Part 2
Friday, March 19, 1 pm

In partnership with the Koffler Centre of the Arts and their long-term community partner, Dancing with Parkinson’s, the AGO is inviting all seniors to participate in a series of dance workshops inspired by the AGO’s new exhibition, Studio 54: Night Magic.

 

 

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