The excellent work of New York City’s nightlife ambassador notwithstanding, NYC’s club scene ain’t what it used to be. Sure, there are still many fantastic places left to shake your moneymaker. But none of them are as iconic as Studio 54. That was the club, after all, where in 1977 Bianca Jagger rode a white stallion. Try getting that move past bouncers at today’s venues!
Before you weep all over your Fiorucci jeans, you’ll be happy to know you can now experience the glamour, glitz, magic, and societal transformation New York’s infamous nightclub once provided. The Brooklyn Museum’s upcoming exhibition, “Studio 54: Night Magic,” “traces the radiant history, social politics, and trailblazing aesthetics of the most iconic nightclub of all time,” according to the museum’s notes.
Matthew Yokobosky, the museum’s senior curator of fashion and material culture, is leading this effort by excavating photos, films, fashion, and never-before-seen costume and set designs. In addition to being one, big, four-month party (which includes a free hustle lesson and live music on March 19), the exhibition endeavors to place Studio 54 in the context of the city’s ongoing civil rights, LGBTQ+, and women’s equality movements. So put on your red shoes and let’s dance over to Crown Heights—and if you don’t have any, get them before the show debuts on March 13!
Before the cultcha: Brunch it up at Meme’s Diner—its chili oil–splashed fried eggs and maple pecan sticky buns should not be missed.
After the cultcha: Many IPAs and stouts (and other brews) are served with a side of disco and hip-hop deep cuts at the buzzing bar BierWax. You’ll want to keep the party going here!
“Studio 54: Night Magic”
200 Eastern Parkway, Crown Heights
Friday, March 13–Sunday, July 5
$25; $10 for kids 4–12