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Night Fever: New York Disco 1977–1979, The Bill Bernstein Photographs

Night Fever: New York Disco 1977–1979, The Bill Bernstein Photographs explores the sexually and socially radical multiculturalism embraced by the New York disco clubs of the late ‘70s.


The exhibition assembles 40 photographs from Bill Bernstein, taken from 1977 to 1979, accompanied by audio interviews, in an immersive installation that invites viewers to experience the freedom and intoxication of the disco era. Highlighted clubs include: GG’s Barnum Room, Le Clique, Xenon, Studio 54, Ice Palace, Crisco Disco, Paradise Garage, Electric Circus, The Fun House, and Hurrah. The unique context of these clubs allowed for unprecedented interaction between groups — straights danced with gays, whites with blacks and Latinos, young with old, and rich with poor. By publicly embracing alternate and previously hidden identities, these pioneers created revolutionary boundary-crossing communities of possibility and joy, paving the way for a future culture of inclusivity.


Night Fever is an immersive experience, designed as a pop-up disco complete with an original Richard Long Audio System (infamously associated with clubs like Studio 54 and Paradise Garage) along with guest appearances by disco-era DJs.  A fully operating bar will offer a retro ‘70s cocktail menu.


The exhibition is free to the public and accessible without Museum admission.

Exhibition Curator

Lissa Rivera


Exhibition and Pop-Up Bar Design

Jason Volenec


Introduction and Text

Barry Walters



Hervé Descottes for L’Observatoire


Story Producer and Editor

Kettie Jean


Audio Recordings

Adriana Kägi
Bethann Hardison
Christopher Duquette
Cory Daye
Eric Goode
Hal Rubinstein
Harold Streitman
Joey Arias
Michael Holman
Mike Mannetta
Rick Ross
Scott Taylor


Sound Design

Ibrahim Soliman


Sound Engineer

Neil Benezra


Logo Design

Berger & Wild


Production and Design Assistance

Trey Tyler
Kayla Camstra
Paz Mallea


Programming Advisor

Adrian Loving


Original “Richard Long Audio” Sound System

Craig “Shorty” Bernabeu for SBS Design



Nicky Siano (Studio 54 DJ)


Cocktail Menu

Jee Song


Editors of ArtNews


City Guide New York

Mari Gold


CR Fashion Book

Natalie Chui


New York Style Guide

Joseph Pastrana


The New York Times

Ryan Burleson


The New Yorker

Lauretta Charlton


Time Out New York (Jan. 30)

Annalise Mantz


Time Out New York (Feb. 2)

Annalise Mantz


Village Voice (digital)

Jennifer Krasinski


Village Voice (print)

Jennifer Krasinski



November 18, 2016 – January 7, 2019