The Birth of Punk exhibition presented at the port until August
The birth of punk is a free pop-up exhibition at 25 Fulton at The Seaport that traces the origins of the genre from the seeds set by The Velvet Underground to the death of Sid Vicious at the Chelsea Hotel, via words, images, music and movies. Presented by The Great Frog and Morrison Hotel Gallery, this is a well-done exhibition with a timeline that wraps around the walls of the upstairs space that includes rare photos of Blondie, Bowie, Ramones, Television, Patti Smith, Talking Heads, Lou Reed, The New York Dolls, Suicideand more, plus sneering illustrations from cartoonist, writer and Punk zine founder John Holmstrom. In the center of the floor, there are also floor-to-ceiling sheets of fabric with lyrics from classic punk songs. There’s also an accompanying Spotify audio tour.
Downstairs, a video screen shows classic live punk footage (the Sex Pistols while I was there), a giant photo from an early Ramones concert greeting you at the entrance, and a ” interactive peephole which also features the Ramones. All photos on display are also available for purchase through The Morrison Hotel Gallery.
Originally slated for June, The Birth of Punk pop-up has been extended twice and is currently set to end in late August. If you’re at the Seaport for a Rooftop at Pier 17 show (like Blondie and The Damned this week), or visiting Jean-George’s newly opened gastro-megaplex The Tin Building, it’s definitely worth a visit.
The Birth of Punk is open Wednesday – Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 25 Fulton St (between Water & Front). See some photos of the space below.