Hartford Art Museum Recreates CBGB’s Bathroom

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CBGB Bathroom By Justin Lowe (Image Source)

Justin Lowe, an artist known for transforming white-cube interiors into cluttered labyrinths, has recreated the graffiti-covered restroom of the defunct CBGB punk rock club within the stately galleries of Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum. Lowe’s installation, which runs through September 5, 2010 takes over four of the museum’s galleries and features walls papered in Day-Glo collages involving movie stars, vintage book covers and illustrations of insects. The work aims to evoke the Bowery Street venue where punk bands like The Ramones and the Misfits found fame in the 1970s. CBGB closed for good in 2006 and the space is now home to an overpriced but very cool John Varvatos clothing store. Read more about the exhibit at This Link.

I’ll tell you one thing, as gross as CB’s bathrooms were – and the Men’s room was way worse than the Women’s – it was never as horrifying as the Trainspotting-style toilets at the Continental. Man, that place was a hole.

The Wadsworth Atheneum is located at 600 Main Street in the heart of downtown Hartford, CT with easy access from I-84 and I-91.

Thanks to Nick Caruso at The Littlest Winslow For the Tip!


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6 thoughts on “Hartford Art Museum Recreates CBGB’s Bathroom

  1. Pingback: Pale Moon Gang “No Secret Safe” LIVE at CBGBs | Perdeu

  2. Worst bathroom I’ve ever encountered and I’ve done drugs in some really crappy bathrooms. It’s weird that a bathroom can be part of history. But it’s CBGB’s…so how can we not worship the toilet?

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