Riding the Hoods with Maripol at Clic Gallery

MaripolMaripol‘s Riding the Hoods with Maripol at Clic Gallery is the quintessential documentation of the downtown arts scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The show is comprised of photographs – some polaroids and some film – of the biggest names in the pop art and music scene, documenting the rise to fame and notoriety of Madonna, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Kenny Scharf, Debbie Harry, Keith Haring, among others. The photos capture intimate moments – sometimes posed, sometimes candid – that evoke a sense of following one’s dreams. It is clear that the people in the photos were not going to let anything stand in their way of success. Unfortunately, some artists came to tragic ends and have been immortalized by these photographs.

It is also clear that friendship was very important, and from the crowd that showed up last night, it is still very important. When I arrived at Clic, Maripol had just stepped outside into the drizzle to take a break from signing her books. She was wearing a simple yet stunning black lace dress thanking all her friends for coming. It was great to see the many friends – long-time and new – who showed up to support her and how the younger generations are paying homage to these artists who set the tempo for art, fashion, and design.

All in all, I hope that someday my friends and I can look back at what we were able to accomplish and celebrate what great opportunities we have been afforded.

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