Art of a certain kind happens in places of a certain kind. What was it about Downtown New York in the decade between 1974 and 1984 that gave rise to the creativity of SoHo and the East Village? How did geography and social movements matter? And now that things have gone the other way, what is the legacy of cheap rents, street grit, and all that impertinence? A panel of urban analysts—including several veterans of the Downtown scene—will address these issues and more. Participants include Harvey Molotch, Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis; Laurin Raiken, Chair of Gallatin Interdisciplinary Arts Program; Mitchell Stevens, Associate Professor of Sociology and Education, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (Steinhardt); and Sharon Zukin, Broeklundian Professor of Sociology, Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center.
Co-sponsored by NYU’s Department of Sociology; Program in Metropolitan Studies, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis; Department of Humanities and Social Science (Steinhardt); Gallatin Interdisciplinary Arts Program; Fales Library; and Grey Art Gallery.