The progenitive NYC icon Richard Hell's influence on popular culture runs so deep it is hard to quantify. With the pioneering 1970s bands Television, the Heartbreakers, and ultimately Richard Hell and the Voidoids, he helped invent punk and what came next. He retired from music in 1984, and has since established a reputation as a writer rivaling his achievement in music. He's the author of two novels, Go Now and Godlike, the collection Hot and Cold, and much journalism in magazines from Vice to the Village Voice to BlackBook (where he was film columnist) to the New York Times. His most recent book is the autobiography I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp.
For Night Out with Richard Hell, he takes up residence in the Thalia to set the stage for artists that interest him today. Each evening in the series features an interview by Richard with an artist chosen by him followed by the artist's performance - five events you will not forget.
For this installment, Hell welcomes Jayson Musson.
Musson, a premier trickster and provocateur of contemporary art, became an internet phenomenon in 2010 as Hennessy Youngman, a roughly hip-hop persona he assumed to nail the art world with hilarious precision in a series of instructive monologues he called “Art Thoughtz.” Hell will speak with Musson about his entire career, from his days in the Philly rap group Plastic Little, through his Hennesy Youngman period, on up to his recent Studio 94 Gallery shows of Coogi sweater "paintings” and the "Exhibit of Abstract Art" (derived from "Nancy" comic strip parodies of modern art), and beyond. The interview will be sprinkled with multimedia presentations of Musson's various artworks. Though his works are often rooted in humor, they’re as intellectually stimulating and good to look at as your more solemn art.
Richard Hell photo: © Inez & Vinoodh