Screening of “Nelson Sullivan’s Downtown ’83–’89”

MONDAY, JULY 18 – 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM


Last presented in 2001 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise gallery in the Meatpacking District, Steve Lafreniere’s exhibition of Nelson Sullivan’s video work paints a remarkable portrait of downtown New York in the 1980’s.


Reviewing hundreds of hours of Sullivan’s recorded work, co-curated by Sullivan’s friend and colleague Dick Richards, Lafreniere’s presentation distills nearly a decade of downtown life into five hours, broken into five hour-long acts. In their original presentation, each act was presented sequentially, with a different hour presented each day, for a five day period.


Prior to his sudden death, Sullivan was located at the center of the 80’s downtown queer arts community, creatively documenting the entertainment, personalities, and places commonly recognized today.


Nelson Sullivan Video Collection courtesy of Dick Richards, Robert Coddington and David Goldman, Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University.

Start Date

July 18, 2016

End Date

July 18, 2016


07:30 PM - 12:00 AM


Spectacle, 124 South 3rd Street Brooklyn, NY 11211

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