The Courtney Harmel Collection

Video artist and filmmaker Courtney Harmel was a key player in New York's downtown video scene, producing work that documented the ‘No Wave’ retail and performance culture of the mid-1980s through the 2000s.

Covering legendary theme nights such as the "Andy and Edie Show," "Mermaids on Heroin," "The June Brides Show," "Disco Hospital," and the "Fellini Party," at places like Fiorucci, Danceteria, the Pyramid Club, and Limelight, Harmel produced an indelible record of a creative community at play in the darkening shadow of AIDS.

The performers and artists in her work are Joey Arias, Charles Busch, Alexis del Lago, Divine, John "Lypsinka" Epperson, Tony Frere, Keith Haring, Grace Jones, John Kelly, Tanya Ransom, Gerard Little, Ann Magnuson, Wendy Wild, John Sex, Andy Warhol, and Madonna.

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