NEW YORK - Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong have stories. They captured hundreds of hours of video from the New York Punk Rock Scene in the mid to late 70s. It all started when Pat asked Emily, a co-worker at a cable public access station, to join her on a shoot at the legendary music venue CBGB's.
"So we went down and saw Patti Smith and she's like, I get it, let's start," Ivers said.
You can soak up some of the flavor of this very different time in the city at their exhibit called "She got a TV eye on me" at the 72 Gallery on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side. It's set up like the Video Lounge from the original Danceteria night club.
Ivers and Armstrong were commissioned to put together a video art project for the club's opening night, including much of their live performance video shot on a variety of formats of something called tape. Yes, tape.
"The bulk of it is three quarter inch, some is half inch, but we have digi beta, we have beta max, even some VHS stuff," Armstrong said.
The exhibit tells the story of the police raid that shut down that edition of the club in 1980. The pair spent a night in jail along with a Danceteria busboy who would make a name for himself in the art world, Keith Haring.
"The next day we got out. We went to court. They threw everything out ultimately, but it was quite an experience," Ivers recalled.
Ivers and Armstrong had a a unique front row seat to this after hours world - lugging video equipment all over to to capture everyone and anyone from the scene. Armstrong said it was time of enormous creativity.
"You know like the DIY thing, so you either put out a magazine or you were in a band, or you were maybe a poet or a fashion designer, and Pat and I did video," Armstrong said.
The exhibit at 72 Gallery will be on display through November 27. For more information, visit gonightclubbing.com.