The Hole and UTA Artist Space Announce
Meet Me In The Bathroom: The Art Show
Curated by Hala Matar and Lizzy Goodman
Presented by Vans
September 4 – 22, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 4, 6-9PM
(New York, NY — August 20, 2019) — The Hole and UTA Artist Space are pleased to announce Meet Me In The Bathroom: The Art Show, presented by Vans. On view at The Hole gallery in New York from September 4-22, 2019, the exhibition is a visual counterpart to Meet Me In The Bathroom, Lizzy Goodman’s best-selling book that delves into the rock-and-roll revival that emerged from New York City in the 2000s.
If the goal of the book, Meet Me in the Bathroom, was to transport the reader to the last era of dirty, druggy, maniacally joyful New York City, the goal of Meet Me in the Bathroom: The Art Show is to color in the sensory reality of that place. What did it feel like to be in the birthplace of the American dream as the sun set on the 20th century?
Through memorabilia, polaroids, and over 40 artworks made by the musicians whose work defined this era, the visual artists who were inspired by those sounds, and the artists whose legacy influenced both—plus performances by the bands themselves—the exhibition generates a portal to the past that also serves as a prologue to the present.
The exhibition includes new and archival works by Rita Ackermann, Doug Aitken, Urs Fischer, Dan Colen, Nate Lowman, Rob Pruitt, and more. They are featured alongside artworks by musicians including Fischerspooner, Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes, and Karen O and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Musicians have contributed noteworthy objects from the time, including Karen O’s battered microphones, Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio’s guitar, and a suitcase emblazoned with band stickers belonging to Lizzi Bougatsos.
Hisham Akira Bharoocha
Dennis Klaas Hoekstra
Kunle F. Martins
Pieter M. van Hattem
The exhibition is kindly supported by Vans, Captain Morgan, Lyft, Absolut Art, and AMP Events. There will be special guest performances and programming throughout the exhibition’s run. Furthermore, a limited edition series of art prints will be available to purchase online and at The Hole in collaboration with Absolut Art, including works by André Saraiva, Adam Green of The Moldy Peaches, and Fischerspooner.
ABOUT LIZZY GOODMAN’S MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM
Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 charts the transformation of the New York music scene in the first decade of the 2000s, the bands behind it—including The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol, and Vampire Weekend—and the cultural forces that shaped it, from the Internet to a booming real estate market that forced artists out of the Lower East Side to Williamsburg. Drawing on 200 original interviews with James Murphy, Julian Casablancas, Karen O, Ezra Koenig, and many other musicians, artists, journalists, bloggers, photographers, managers, music executives, groupies, models, movie stars, and DJs who lived through this explosive time, journalist Lizzy Goodman offers a fascinating portrait of a time and a place that gave birth to a new era in modern rock-and-roll.
ABOUT THE HOLE
The Hole is a contemporary art gallery on the Bowery in Manhattan, bordering the Lower East Side and Nolita. Run by Kathy Grayson, the gallery was founded in 2010 and has been in its current 3,800 square-foot exhibition space since 2011. The Hole presents monthly solo and group exhibitions with a focus on emerging art and thematic group exhibitions. They represent more than fifteen artists from America and abroad, and have exhibited over 200 more. In between exhibitions, they host performances, events and special projects across disciplines to support collaboration and the downtown artist community. For more information, please visit theholenyc.com.
ABOUT UTA ARTIST SPACE
UTA Artist Space is an exhibition venue in the heart of Beverly Hills that is committed to showcasing art by globally recognized talent. Since its establishment in 2016, UTA Artist Space has presented notable exhibitions by artists including Ai Weiwei, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Derrick Adams, Petra Cortright, The Haas Brothers, and Larry Clark. For more information, please visit utaartistspace.com.
ABOUT LIZZY GOODMAN
Lizzy Goodman is the author of Meet Me in the Bathroom, an oral history of music in New York from 2001-2011. As a journalist, her writing on rock and roll and popular culture has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, ELLE, and NME. She lives in Los Angeles with her basset hound, Jerry Orbach.
ABOUT HALA MATAR
Hala Matar is a Bahraini film director based in LA/NY. She has directed films for VICE, Nowness and for fashion brands including Chanel, Kenzo, Vivienne Westwood and Diesel. Her music videos include: Interpol, The Voidz and Poolside. Hala graduated from the University of Virginia, and began her career as an art curator in New York City, where she ran the gallery Chiles Matar.
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ABOUT CAPTAIN MORGAN
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ABOUT ABSOLUT ART
Founded with the mission of making art accessible and affordable, Absolut Art is a tightly curated, global art gallery that sells limited edition prints that ship within 48-hours. Absolut Art collaborates with emerging and established artists and prioritizes diversity. The direct-to-consumer model focuses attention on creating a quality experience for collectors and artists alike. The platform is an extension of Absolut’s thirty year history of working with artists like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Louise Bourgeois. For more information, please visit www.absolutart.com.
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