Studio 54 exhibit dances its way to the Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum is taking New Yorkers on a trip back in time to the late-70s with a new exhibit that pays homage to the iconic nightclub Studio 54.

News 12 Staff

Mar 12, 2020, 12:13 PM

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The Brooklyn Museum is taking New Yorkers on a trip back in time to the late-70s with a new exhibit that pays homage to the iconic nightclub Studio 54.
The "Studio 54: Night Magic" exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum is showcasing what many say was a legendary nightclub in the late-70s.

The exhibit explores the nightlife of the Manhattan club through music, fashion and photography.
"I think it's really important for us to look back at the late 1970s. It was a great period of liberation for people. The mood of Studio 54 is wanting people to be more expressive, to feel a sense of freedom and joy,” says Matthew Yokobosky, exhibit curator at Brooklyn Museum.

The nightclub, which opened in 1977, was known for its decor, lights, as well as attracting a variety of celebrities from Michael Jackson to Andy Warhol and James Brown.

"It was an experience that you can't even describe, you can't imagine, and it started from when you got out of the car and made it through the velvet rope which was -- that was the thing, to get by the bouncer,” says Meryl Pearlstein, who attended Studio 54.

The exhibition took two years to put together and features over 650 objects that tells the story of the historic nightclub.

"I interviewed over 100 people for the exhibition. People that went to Studio 54, artists that designed clothes to go there, and so the exhibition has works loaned from 85 different people and it's all authentic,” says Yokobosky.

The "Studio 54: Night Magic" exhibit will be open to the public on Friday and will run through July.


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