Networked New York: Annotated Program, Part 4

We’re very excited to have Marvin J. Taylor of NYU’s Fales Library presenting the conference’s keynote address on Friday afternoon. Following panels on professional networks, material spaces, and literary coteries in the city, Taylor will discuss the Downtown New York arts scene of the 1970s as a “scene,” looking at what constitutes a “scene” and how social capital, monetary capital, and gentrification affected Downtown artists.

Taylor, Director of the Fales Library and Special Collections, founded in 1994 the Downtown Collection, which attempts to document the radical and often collaborative artistic production and culture that evolved in SoHo and the Lower East Side during the 1970s through the early 1990s. Today, the collection contains more than 12,000 printed books and over 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archives, including the personal papers of artists, documents of galleries, theatre groups, and collectives, and materials regarding AIDS activism and off-off-Broadway theater. Taylor is editor of The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984 (Princeton UP, 2006) and co-curator of the 2006 exhibition, “The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984.” (The New York Times wrote of that exhibition: “Remember Downtown? No, no, not the sanitized, respectable SoHo and Chelsea of today, but the real down-and-dirty Downtown, when the East Village was an art scene, punk and new wave rock assailed the ears, graffiti spread like kudzu, and heroin and extreme style were the rage.”)

Taylor has also held positions at the Lilly Library at Indiana University and the Health Sciences Library at Columbia University. In addition to his work on Downtown artists, Taylor began at NYU in 2003 the Food Studies Collection, which now holds more than 55,000 volumes and is the largest collection about food in the country. He is currently editing 101 Great Cookbooks, 500 Great Recipes, which will be released later this year, and he continues to write about Downtown New York, English and American masculinities, and queer theory.

For the full program of Networked New York, visit the conference website.