Stone, Michelle Carr & Rick Castro
20th Anniversary & Exhibition
Wednesday, August 5, 7:00 - 10:00
On August 5th, 1989, the club scene in Los Angeles changed
The golden years of LA's premiere fetish nightclub, Club
1989 - 1992
Dedicated to the memory of
CLIFF DILLER, MIGUEL BERISTAIN, ROBERT WOODS
Featuring artwork by:
Rick Castro, Derek Ridgers, Cat Gwynn, Maria Boyd, Sheree Rose,
Rush Riddle, Elyse Regher, Peter Palladino, Catherine Opie, Jane McManigill,
Barry Morse and many more!
"Hard to imagine it, but there was a time
before Teddy's and H.Wood and MyHouse, a time before nightlife in
Los Angeles was defined by celebrities stumbling out of bars for
TMZ to film. That time was long before I got here, somewhere between
1989 and 1992 at Club Fuck held at Le Barcito in Silverlake. There,
a group of twisted sisters descended for a queer fetish dance night
set to Ministry and Front 242.
"Hosted by Miguel Beristain, Cliff Diller, James Stone, and
Sweet P, it served as one of the early hubs of L.A.'s underground.
It was the sort of place where a high-end fashion designer would
turn up and snatch one of the dancers from the night for his own
fashion show, as Jean Paul Gaultier did with Michelle "Hell"
"Twenty years later, many of the original players are coming
together for a party to launch a commemorative photography exhibit
dedicated to the night. On hand for tonight: original Club Fuck
DJ John Mark; Carr, who is co-hosting the night with Rick Castro
and James Stone; a live performance from Linda Lesabre/Beat Mistress;
and art from Catherine Opie, Sheree Rose, Rush Riddle, Derek Ridgers,
Cat Gwynn, Elyse Regher, Rick Castro, Peter Palladino, and more.
"Don’t think you’ll find Paris Hilton stumbling
out of this club, but if she’d like a gratis whipping with
a cat o’ nine tails, I’m sure the Club Fuck peeps would
be happy to oblige."
— Tricia Romano, August 05, 2009
View an interesting historical note on Le Barcito, formerly the
Black Cat Bar and home to Club Fuck, by the Los Angeles Times here.
".... Many historians consider this the spark that ignited
the gay civil rights movement...."
About the gallery:
Antebellum Gallery is located in the heart of downtown
Hollywood. The term antebellum is Latin for"before war".
While it commonly refers to a more romantic Gone With the Wind
era, we find ourselves again today with American culture at odds
with political / religious / social agendas that threaten to blow
the lid off its foundations at any given moment.
Steeped in Victorian nuances with a salon style, Antebellum is intended
as a hybrid of artistic, cultural, and political iconoclasm.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 1:00
PM - 7:00 PM
-- or by appointment.
1643 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood CA, 90028 · Map ·
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