BRUNO HADJADJ: Bye Bye CBGB
EXHIBIT: Bruno Hadjadj: Bye Bye CBGB
DATES ON VIEW: February 2 – February 28, 2012
LOCATION: Clic Gallery NYC, 255 Centre Street, NY, NY
Images: Courtesy of Bruno Hadjaj
Long gone are the days of 1970s and 1980s’ New York City, when rockers near and far journeyed to what once became the mecca of all Punk, New Wave and Hard Rock venues, CBGB. It was the place that gave rise to artists like The Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, Patti Smith and countless others including early Hip-Hoppers The Beastie Boys. A place where purveyors—from fashion forward aggressives, drug-touting artists, up-and-coming musicians, free-spirited models and the occasional wannabe—could completely emerge in the total experience of these then burgeoning cultural art forms. Despite closing its doors after a 33-year run, CBGB remains a permanent fixture in the minds of those who once hurled ass curbside at its infamous West Village locale, or simply wanted to.
At a time when all of the elements that seemed to make lightening strike way back when CBGBs first opened its doors in 1973 are all reappearing one by one, photographer, production designer and art director Bruno Hadjadj recaptures the memories of what once stood at 173 Bowery Street, with his special exhibit now on view at the Clic Bookstore & Gallery, Bye Bye CBGB. While the exhibition offers a snapshot of a great time in New York City before creative over-saturation took root and conservative mayoral politics sent the Big Apple into a neon-advertising, brand-driven playground, Bye Bye CBGB is an awesome starting point for what Hadjadj says will appear in his forthcoming picture book that will surely delve deeper.
Bruno Hadjadj’s exhibit, Bye Bye CBGB is now on view until February 28, 2012. For more information, visit the Clic Gallery’s site HERE.