Punk Magazine 40th Anniversary Exhibition to open in NYC

We all heard about the god-awful CBGBs restaurant opening up at Newark Airport, but all hope is not lost. There are still cool, classic punk happenings emerging in the New York City area.

A Punk Magazine exhibition is due to open up at Howl! Happening: an Arturo Vega Project in the Lower East Side. The exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first issue of Punk Magazine, the cover of which featured Lou Reed and was illustrated by John Holmstrom, the magazine’s founding editor.

The exhibition will be up for two weeks only and will feature work by Holmstrom, as well as new work by fellow artists who contributed to Punk Magazine in the 1970s. Ken Weiner will be drawing “Ugly Portraits” during the show’s opening night on Thursday, January 14th.

Punk Magazine had an immense effect on the world of punk rock, both in music and fashion. It brought the punk movement out of the shadows and into the hands of the public, shining a light on youth culture, rebellion, and overall snottiness. Punk rock fans won’t want to miss this one-time-only exhibition!

Howl! Happening was born in memory and admiration of Arturo Vega, often regarded as the fifth Ramone who created the band’s legendary logo. Vega was a fine artist. He passed away in 2013.

The Punk Magazine 40th Anniversary Exhibition will run from January 14th through January 30th at Howl! Happening: an Arturo Vega Project. The gallery is located at 6 East 1st St. New York, NY 10003. The opening reception starts at 6PM. You can read more information about the exhibition and the gallery here.

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