Circa 1.5. cubic feet.
Approximately 135 pieces complied by Diego Cortez comprising of material related to both his 1981 No Wave show at PS1 and many of the personalities involved in the artistic and musical scenes of the period, including Jimmy DeSana, James Chance, Anya Phillips, Fab 5 Freddy, Bob Gruen, Robert Gordon, Glenn O'Brien, Legs O'Neil, Ray Johnson, Debbie Harry, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, among others. The collection also contains concert flyers, photographs, and exhibition materials, including early proposals for a book and exhibition on graffiti art.
Born James Allen Curtis in Geneva, Illinois in 1946, Curtis moved to New York City in 1973 and assumed the name Diego Cortez. He became well-known as an artist, club manager, promoter, and independent curator, co-founding the influential NYC nightspot The Mudd Club, which offered an eclectic mix of art, music and cultural events that combined both modernist and punk aesthetics. In 1981, Cortez curated the groundbreaking exhibition "New York, No Wave" at a defunct elementary school in Long Island City, Queens called P.S. 1. The exhibition featured the work of David Byrne, Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Kenny Scharf, among many others.
Diego Cortez No Wave Collection, #8120. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.