Club 57 Photographs

Press Release

Curator's Statement

Q&A with Kai Eric





Harvey Wang's Photographs of the Legendary East Village Club 1979-1983



About Harvey Wang

Harvey Wang's photography career has spanned more than 30 years. He is currently working on his fifth book, tentatively titled Harvey Wang's America, slated for publication in 2006 by Quantuck Lane Press. Wang's previous books include the critically acclaimed Flophouse: Life on the Bowery and Harvey Wang's New York. His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country, including the Museum of the City of New York, the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and the New-York Historical Society.


In addition to his work as a photographer, Harvey Wang is a commercial director and a filmmaker. He has won two Emmy Awards and his short films, ranging in style and approach from documentary to experimental, have been seen in festivals all over the world. His film Milton Rogovin: The Forgotten Ones won the prize for Best Documentary Short at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival, and Triptych was chosen as Best Experimental Film at the 2004 Rhode Island International Film Festival.


About Kai Eric, Co-Curator

Kai Eric got involved with Club 57 after meeting Ann Magnuson at the Mudd Club, where she was dressed a "Cat woman from the moon". Intrigued by her wit and humor he quickly thereafter became a regular participant in Club 57 events.  He organized many of the house bands for Club 57 and helped as well in the conceptualization of many of the events.  He managed Club 57 after Ann left to pursue her acting career. He continued to play music, touring with The Panther Burn's and occasionally with Wreckless Eric.  He currently is a partner, producer and director of development for Brinkmedia and Brink Films. He is a contributing writer and acting editor of the online counter culture magazine


About Melanie Franklin Cohn, Co-Curator

Melanie Franklin Cohn is an independent curator based in New York City.  She has organized many exhibitions including "Counter Culture" (2004) featuring site-specific exhibitions on the Bowery and the zine and internet portions of "" (1996), both at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.  Melanie received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1992.