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Clever Vintage Clothing Takes Part in East Village West Exhibit
Authentic vintage outfits and mannequins are provided as part of Ann Magnuson and Kenny Scharf’s Royal/T art installation reflecting Hollywood’s influence on NYC’s neo-Dada art movement. LOS ANGELES — September 29, 2011 — Genuine vintage garments and vintage department store mannequins from Clever Vintage Clothing will be included in East Village West, an art exhibit created by Ann Magnuson and Kenny Scharf that celebrates California pop culture and Hollywood’s influence on New York City’s neo-Dada art movement. The event reflecting New York City’s fabled ‘70s/’80s art scene takes place at the Royal/T (8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232) from October 1, 2011 until January 10, 2012 with an opening reception Saturday, October 1 from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. East Village West is in official partnership with Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, a joint initiative between the Getty Foundation and the Getty Research Institute to recover the historical record of art in Southern California. The Clever Vintage Clothing garments and mannequins will be a part of an homage to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Lower East Side, a mock social club that Magnuson created as a parody of the Junior League during the zeitgeist of the early 1980s Downtown New York City scene. The vintage department store mannequins will be dressed in 1950s attire akin to the clothing worn by Magnuson and her group at that time. “Dressing in vintage was very important to the late ‘70s / early ‘80s art scene,” said Dave C. Temple, owner of Clever Vintage Clothing. “The irony and edginess fit the esthetic perfectly, because vintage wasn’t an accepted or expected part of one’s wardrobe” Pacific Standard Time is an enormous and unprecedented artistic collaboration celebrating the birth of the Los Angeles art scene. Beginning October 2011, over 60 cultural establishments will make their contributions to this region-wide initiative encompassing every major Los Angeles art movement from 1945 to 1980.

 

 

East Village West includes art by Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Asquint, Tseng Kwong Chi, John Sex, Kitty Brophy, Bruno Schmidt, Kenny Scharf, Ann Magnuson, Vincent Gallo, Frank Holliday, Scott Covert, Stefano Castronova; photographs by Robert Carrithers, Harvey Wang, Ande Whyland, Lina Bertucci, Joseph Szkodzinski; video by Barry Shils, Steve Brown, Andy Rees, Tom Rubnitz, Kenny Scharf, Ann Magnuson and others; fashions by Natasha Adonzio (Natasha N.Y.C.) and Katy K; special 'vintage' DJ mix by original Club 57 DJ Dany Johnson in the "Porta Party" installation pod; plus cool ephemera and rare video provided by original Club 57 members like Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Kristian Hoffman, Howie Pyro, Naomi Regelson, Jerry Beck and many more.  

 

The opening night reception features scandalous acts of live art and scintillating performances by Prince Poppycock, Timur of the Dime Museum, Drag King Mo B. Dick as John Sex (along with “his” Bodacious Ta-Tas), Stacy Dawson Stearns & The Psych-Out Dada Go-Go Dancers, Ann Magnuson, Kenny Scharf and DJ Howie Pyro. Plus: incredible video from Club 57 never before shown in public and California New Wave by Austin Young with Andrew Marlin, Taryn Nicole Piana, Squeaky Blonde and Fade-Dra; Sizzling New Wave makeovers featuring electric airbrushing and credit card blush. More information about East Village West and the exhibit’s opening can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=140446709382410.  

 

Following the East Village West opening, Clever Vintage Clothing will produce a fashion show at the newly renovated ballroom of the elegant Los Angeles Athletic Club (431 West Seventh St., Los Angeles, CA 90014) as part of the Los Angeles Wine Tasting’s Noir Soiree on October 7, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. celebrating the photography from the Golden Era of Hollywood. During this exquisite evening, models will mingle with the crowd dressed in authentic garments from the 1930s and 1940s. All clothing worn by the models as well as additional handpicked outfits will be available for purchase. Tickets are normally $68.00, but Clever Vintage Clothing fans can purchase them for $44.00 each by using the discount code “clever vintage” via Eventbrite (http://la-wine-tasting-noir-soiree.eventbrite.com/) before October 2, 2011. ABOUT CLEVER VINTAGE CLOTHING Clever Vintage Clothing launched in 1991 after its owner Dave C. Temple spent a lifetime inspired by vintage apparel and collected a garage full of great finds from across the United States. Temple eventually set up a showroom in downtown Los Angeles where customers of all kinds — designers, stylists, buyers, store owners, and vintage clothing collectors and enthusiasts — could find the vintage clothing they either personally wanted or needed for their business practices at a fair price with less hassle. It was a clever endeavor that has grown for over a decade and remains in its original downtown Los Angeles location. For more information about Clever Vintage Clothing, visit its website CleverVintageClothing.com. ###

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