Polaroid Photographer Maripol Pays Homage to New York House-Music Scene

Photo: Daniel King

In 1972, a music club in Midtown called Pea Nuts apparently opened its doors and dance floor with a female DJ, Bert Lockett, on the decks. Pea Nuts, which would later become Better Days, is considered to have been a pivotal role player in establishing the New York house music scene. Now, a reincarnation of the club Happy Ending at 302 Broome Street is paying homage to Better Days with an exhibition. Rita Cruz, Eddie Brannan, Skylar Pittman, Luke Brown, and owner Oliver Stumm got together to curate the show. The exhibition features works from, among others, Daniel King and Polaroid photographer Maripol, as well as Olaf Breuning and Dustin Pittman.

The exhibition is on view at Better Days, 302 Broome Street, New York, from Tuesday to Saturday, from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m., through December. 

Photo: Daniel King

Daniel King

Oyster Magazine Issue #105, 2014.

Photo: Davide Balliano

Davide Balliano

Untitled, 2016. Plaster, gesso, and lacquer on wood, 80 × 64 inches / 203.2 × 162.6 cm.

Photo: Dustin Pittman/@dustinpittman.com2014

Dustin Pittman

Halston, 1979. 

Photo: Jimmy Pham

Edouard Nardon

Arcane XI - 4, 2016. Latex paint, graphite, pigments, unprimed cotton canvas, 91 × 47 inches / 230 × 120 cm.

Photo: Maripol


Jean-Michel Basquiat, 2006. Polaroid photograph printed on canvas and stapled on wooden frame, 21 x 21 inches.

Photo: Josh Gordon Gauld

John Gordon Gauld

Untitled (Cabin Window #1), 2017. Oil and archival pigment print on canvas, 30 x 40 inches.

Photo: Ellen Jong

Ellen Jong

Listen, I have a gun in my shorts, from the “Robbery Notes Series,” 2014.

Photo: Olaf Breuning

Olaf Breuning

We only move wehen something changes, 2002. Laminated C-print on aluminium, 31 1/2 × 39 2/5 inches / 80 × 100 cm.

Photo: Jimmy Pham

Timothy Uriah Steele

A Holy Mountain and a Sustained Diligence of Vengeance, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 36 1/8 x 32 inches.

Photo: Jimmy Pham

Viola Yesiltac

Untitled, 2014. Pen ink on paper, 19 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches / 49.5 x 64.7 cm.

Photographer Maripol and Others Remember NYC House Scene