Organized by Adrian Loving and Ron Trent, in conjunction with The Frankie Knuckles Foundation (FKF) and The Silver Room.
PART 1. ARTIST TALK WITH BILL BERNSTEIN
The Disco discussions begin by exploring photography, club culture and access to the musical underground. Artist and author Bill Bernstein discusses his book Disco, a compilation of rare photographs taken in New York City’s most popular and underground nightclubs during the late 1970’s. Moderated by music scholar and professor Adrian Loving, the talk will uncover how Bill gained exclusive access to document nightlife and dance music culture.
These important oral histories seek to shape the sophistication and mystique of the diverse range of characters and communities that participated in the weekly dance rituals. Bill’s vintage photographs capture Studio 54, Paradise Garage, Mudd Club, Larry Levan’s DJ booth and take us backstage with transgender performance artists. The audience will gain insight into the mood and sentiment of that magic era - and understand what the images mean in a contemporary context.
PART 2. PANEL DISCUSSION WITH CHICAGO MUSIC LEGENDS
MUSIC, CULTURE AND COMMUNITY: INTERSECTIONS IN THE DANCE MUSIC UNDERGROUND CHI / NYC
The Disco discussions continue by expanding the dialogue - with oral histories by legends and architects of Chicago’s House Music scene. Topics include: Disco’s Evolution: House & The Underground Chicago / NY. Architechts of Sound: Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan & Ron Hardy. The Club Space as Refuge. Documenting Disco: Print Media & Promotion. Gay Culture (Pre-AIDS) and Behavioral Decadence. * Audience Q&A to follow discussion