Party Time! Excellent!: Gathering on Public Access Television

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 7:00pm9:00pm

Art Building, Room 1.120

Free and Open to the Public

TV Party
Glenn O'Brien and Mick Jones in a still from TV Party.

A decade before Wayne and Garth premiered their public access show Wayne’s World on Saturday Night Live in 1988, the TV party had already begun. In the midst of the 1970s culture of youth, radical politics, drugs, and television, Coca Crystal’s If I Can’t Dance, You Can Keep Your Revolution and Glenn O’Brien’s TV Party—“the TV show that’s a cocktail party, but which could be a political party”—helped define the New York City underground with interviews, performances, underground news, and politics—and, of course, drugs, cocktails, and friends. Join the VAC for this special screening exploring the central themes of community, public space, and performance in the weird world of public-access television.

Kara Carmack is a PhD student in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. Her work focuses on Manhattan public access shows in the 1970s and 1980s and explores the tensions they raise between the public and the private, the mainstream and the marginal, and the semi-public and the semi-private.