27 Cooper Sq.
Bowery Arts & Beats
Bowery Arts & Beats
You are standing in front of an 1844 townhouse which was converted in the 1960s from a cold-water flop to home and gathering place for a newly developing, inclusive avant-garde. Poets Amiri Bakara and Hetty Jones hosted writers, painters, dancers, filmmakers, and musicians. At their notorious parties, you might have met Alan Ginsburg or Frank O’Hara or Larry Rivers or Jonas Mekas or Cecil Taylor. It was here that Baraka began the influential Black Arts Movement, a lasting inspiration for African American artists in all genres.
Children flourished, pianos came in through windows, and saxophonist Archie Schepp’s rehearsals stopped traffic across Cooper Square. Elizabeth Murray stayed until her paintings were too large to navigate the steep, winding stairs. Later generations found their way here to break bread, argue art and politics, and continue to explore barrier-breaking forms of American art.
Erected by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
Location. 40° 43.671′ N, 73° 59.46′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Cooper Square near near East 5th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. One of more
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Merchants House of New York (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Fillmore East Theater (about 500 feet away); Astor Library (about 500 feet away); Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (about 500 feet away); De Vinne Press Building (about 500 feet away); Colonnade Row (about 600 feet away); Firehouse Engine Company No. 33 (about 600 feet away); Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 26 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 11, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.