The Gang's All Here: Collecting and Researching the Downtown Scene

New York, NY

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"The Gang's All Here: Collecting and Researching the Downtown Scene" with Marvin J. Taylor and Cynthia Carr
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

Marvin J. Taylor, Director of Fales Library and Special Collections at NYU, presents highlights from the Downtown Collection of Fales, and renowned journalist Cynthia Carr speaks on her latest book, Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz (Bloomsbury, 2012), which is the first biography on the influential Downtown artist-activist. Read reviews. Read reviews from The New York Times, Huffington Post, and the LA Review of Books.  The Downtown Collection at Fales, which includes The David Wojnarowicz Papers, houses personal papers of artists, filmmakers, writers and performers; archives of art galleries, theatre groups, and art collectives; and collections relating to AIDS activism and off-off- Broadway theater.

Marvin J. Taylor, Director of the Fales Library and Special Collections, holds a BA in Comp. Lit. and an MLS from Indiana University, and an MA in English from NYU. He has held positions at Indiana University and Columbia University. Taylor has been at the Fales Library since 1993. In 1994 Taylor founded the Downtown Collection, which contains over 12,000 printed books and 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archives. He was editor of The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984 (Princeton University Press, 2006.) In 2003 he began the Food Studies collection at NYU, which now holds more than 55,000 volumes and is the largest in the country. He recently edited 101 Great Cookbooks, 501 Great Recipes (Rizzoli, 2012). Taylor continues to write about Downtown New York, English and American masculinities, and queer theory.

Cynthia Carr was a columnist and arts reporter for the Village Voice from 1984 to 2003. Writing under the byline C. Carr, she specialized in experimental and cutting-edge art, especially performance art. Some of these pieces are now collected in On Edge: Performance at the End of the Twentieth Century. She is also the author of Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Artforum, Bookforum, Modern Painters, the Drama Review, and other publications. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007.