Hello! It’s Jackie 6-0. The Rapture Cafe & Books is launching an exhibit of Jackie 60’s flyers, opening party is tomorrow night. There’s no easy way to convey the Jackie experience…onstage craziness (have to admit the specifics of individual shows and themes have blurred, for some reason the El Mariachi night with a bemused and amused Miranda Richardson perched on the edge of stage is about a specific an image I can come up with, for reasons we won’t get into here…), Paul Alexander and Richard Move MCing, Johnny Dynell spinning fierce tunes over an excellent sound system, playing “Love Hangover” when the night was at it’s messy end. Remember the night the Mayoral election results came in, I think it was Chi Chi Valenti who announced that Dinkins had lost and the crowd started booing and jeering Guiliani’s victory; seems like a miserably watershed moment, looking back.
But that’s history. For now, remember: it’s a Jackie world, and we all live in it. (
The Jackie Hustle, Johnny D’s dueling MC mix. Produced and mixed by Arthur Baker, Lati Kronlund & Johnny Dynell for Mighty Love, Inc.)
This is the exhibit announcement from the Motherboards:
Wednesday September 26th-October 20
Art On Our Walls:
Johnny Dynell’s “The Jackie 60 Invitations (1991-1999)”
Opening Party: Wednesday September 26th 8PM
Rapture CafÃ© & Books
200 Avenue A (between 12th & 13th Streets) 212-228-1177
New York’s Jackie 60 was a creative center of New York nightlife for an entire decade, a Tuesday-night bacchanal with an artistic bent. The weekly was founded in 1990 by nightlife luminaries Chi Chi Valenti, Johnny Dynell, Richard Move and Kitty Boots, later joined by Brian Butterick (aka Hattie Hathaway). Disillusioned with the stale, over-commercialized state of the New York night, the group set out to create a club environment that was performance oriented and distinctly underground in tone.
The Jackie 60 experience, with its weekly themes and stream-of-consciousness MCâ€™s, was enhanced by its â€œlittle, dark and differentâ€ location in the then-seedy Meat Market district. To its fanatical mixed following (some of whom had abandoned clubs decades ago), Jackie 60 fast became a Mecca. The club assumed a level of audience sophistication unparalleled in Gotham, and Jackie regulars from designer Marc Jacobs to pop supernova Debbie Harry consistently rose to the challenge. Every week, the club’s decor, performers and soundtrack were transformed according to theme, which varied from Hasidic hip-hop (Fiddler In The Hood) to classic murder (A New Year’s Most Foul) to supermodel angst (Pooped-Out Party Girls.)
The weekly invitations, designed by Johnny Dynell, were an integral part of these 550 weekly editions. His black and white, DIY style was both a nod back to the punk era of his youth and oddly jarring in the era of day-glo rave graphics. Each weekâ€™s invitation defined not only the theme and performers, but gave strict instructions for audience participation in the weekly dress codes.
At Rapture CafÃ© & Books from September 26 – October 20, dozens of these throwaway works of art will be exhibited in a unique look back at New Yorkâ€™s last truly free nightclub experience. Highlights will include the annual â€œBrown Partyâ€ series and Jackieâ€™s Playhouse classics like â€œCokewhore: Iâ€™m Not A Cokewhore, Iâ€™m a Modelâ€.
At the opening night party, director Jack Gulick will screen exclusive footage from the upcoming Jackie 60 movie, filmed during 1999 in the climactic final year. The footage continues the black & white tradition of the Jackie 60 graphic style and will be screened in the “tableaux” tradition of 1900s French film pioneer MÃ©liÃ¨s.
Johnny Dynell also posted some fine examples of his flyer art:
And these are two that I managed to hang onto…note tragic blu-tack traces where they were stuck to the back of my old apartment door. The yellowing is pure extract of Dunhill International (red packs), can only imagine what the inside of my lungs must look like. The walls of that apartment were so nicotine stained it was ridiculous.
And one more example of Johnny Dynell’s design work, the cover of The Jackie Hustle 12″: