Tunnel, Jimmy DeSana, Invitation for “Art Un-Censored,” 1987


Invitation for “Art Un-Censored” at TUNNEL, 1987. Offset print on card stock, 8.5 x 5.5 inches.

A nightclub “protest” against the decision by the Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts to “fig leaf” the genitals in Jimmy DeSana’s photographic self-portrait, Rope, part of an “East Village art” exhibition curated by Baird. After the show closed, DeSana’s photograph was brought to the Tunnel, where crowds were invited to see nightclub impresario Rudolf “remove the ugly cover-up and let beauty shine in its full splendor!”

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Jimmy De Sana Tunnel


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By the 1980s dozens of new nightclubs and bars including Area, Danceteria, Mudd Club, and Paradise Garage consciously strove to be part of the art world by presenting new music, art, film, video, fashion, and performance.