New York: Danceteria, . Offset. 5 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄2 in. Good; lines from folding into quarters, soiled, creased corners, likely worn at a Danceteria event. Item #6424
Handbill for a week of performances at Danceteria from September 30-October 6, 1983, including a benefit performance for Michael Stewart, a black man who was arrested and brutalized by the NYPD for writing graffiti on a subway wall. Within two he weeks, Stewart succumbed to his injuries. A high- profile case in 1980s New York, Michael Stewart’s murder was also the subject of a landmark painting by Jean Michel Basquiat, Defacement.
The benefit performance featured David Wojnarowicz’s band 3 Teens Kill 4 opening for Madonna. Other parties and shows that week featured artists such as Chris Burden, Diamanda Galas, Vito Acconci, Anna Sui, Nam June Paik, and more.
A record of the vibrant scene of the early ‘80s in New York and the central nature of Danceteria in the Downtown scene, as well as a show of solidarity against police brutality - likely stepped on and soiled during one of the performances promoted on this flier.