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MAY 25, 2017
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETROIT
SHOOT TO THRILL: PICTURING IDENTITY IN DETROIT + NEW YORK’S UNDERGROUND DANCE MUSIC CULTURE | 1977-NOW
Beginning in the late 1970’s, dance music culture began to take hold in nightclubs across the country. These were safe spaces for people of color, LGBT, and creative cultures seeking sanctuary on the dancefloor. Through the photographer’s lens, we witness the ways in which these communities publicly embraced alternative identity and boundary-crossing music. Images, ephemera and oral histories; as interpreted by select artists and DJs will be the catalyst for conversations around race, class and gender in club scenes from the 70’s to present. Moderators Adrian Loving (educator/DJ/writer) and Vikki Tobak (journalist/culture writer The FADER, Complex, Mass Appeal, RedBull Music Academy etc…) frame the conversation.
The Library of Congress presents
Gloria Gaynor Life: Disco Dance Party
SATURDAY MAY 6, 2017
In association with Brightest Young Things and The Recording Academy
The Library of Congress opens the doors of the Thomas Jefferson Building for Gloria Gaynor Live: Disco Dance Party, a celebration of disco culture, music, dance and fashion, as told by the national collections. Gloria Gaynor and her band kick off the night with a one-night-only show commemorating the induction of "I Will Survive" into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry. After the concert, dance the night away to DJ Mike Simonetti and DJ Adrian Loving in one of the nation's architectural marvels, explore the Library's unrivaled collections with a special collections display in the Main Reading Room and special exhibitions, practice your Silent Disco skills, and celebrate America's national library in style. Attendees are invited to wear Disco or 1970s attire.
In, addition to the day-long Library of Congress Symposium on Disco, we welcome photographer Bill Bernstein to DC to discuss his critically acclaimed book Disco: The Bill Bernstein Photographs (Reel Art Press). He will also be an invited guest to sign books later at the Axel F: Night Fever Party at Ten Tigers .
Housequake DC: The Official Revolution Afterparty
THURSDAY APRIL 27
Celebrating Prince and Artists of the Minneapolis Sound Hosted by BrownMark (of The Revolution Band)
Music: Opening Sets by Axel F. DJs Jahsonic, DJ Stylus and special guest DJ Dredd Video installation by Ed Hosted by Kat and Adrian Loving Later... Join The Revolution Members for a VIP Experience
With special guest DJ Lenka Paris (Original Paisley Park DJ) For extended vibes and atmosphere.