Three invitations: East Village art, COLAB women, and “South Bronx Fantasies,” 1987

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Lot of three invitations.

Announcement for “The East Village Comes to the Stamford Museum Show,” 1987. Print on paper, 6 1/4″ x 4″.

Announcement for “COLAB—All Women’s Exhibition” at Milk Bar, 1987. Print on paper, 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″.

Announcement for “South Bronx Fantasies” at Fashion Moda, 1987. Print on paper, 5 1/2″ x 4″.

Baird was a representative participant in the East Village art scene, where art was exhibited not just in galleries but also in nightclubs and other so-called “alternative spaces.” He was a late-joining member of the pioneering downtown artists’ group Collaborative Projects, Inc., which had attracted attention with the “Times Square Show” (1980) and helped establish the art spaces Fashion Moda (in the South Bronx) and ABC No Rio (on the Lower East Side).



Baird’s exhibition for the Stamford Museum captured the tail end of the short-lived East Village art scene.


Over the years, the artists’ group COLAB saw constant turnover. Prominent members have included Cara Perlman, Christy Rupp, Becky Howland, Kiki Smith, Jenny Holzer, Jane Dickson, Beth B, and Coleen Fitzgibbon.


Fashion Moda was started in the South Bronx in 1978 by COLAB member Stefan Eins.



The Anomalous Baird Jones (1955–2008)

Few people personify the free-wheeling, polymorphous spirit of fin-de-siècle downtown New York as well as the idiosyncratic curator, club party promoter, photographer, author, and celebrity gossip Baird Jones.