Penny Arcade & Sarah Schulman in Conversation
Penny Arcade and Sarah Schulman both tackle gentrification head on, no more so than in Arcade’s award-winning new show Longing Lasts Longer, and Schulman’s seminal book Gentrification of the Mind (Witness to a Lost Imagination) within which she recalls how much of the rebellious queer culture, cheap rents, and a vibrant downtown arts movement of New York vanished almost overnight to be replaced with gay conservative spokespeople and mainstream consumerism.
For the first time ever Arcade and Schulman partake in an onstage conversation filling it with vivid memories of the AIDS years (1981-1996) and the downtown NYC arts movement of that time. Interweaving personal reminiscence with cogent analysis, Arcade and Schulman bear witness to the loss of a generation’s imagination and the consequences of that loss.
The conversation will be filmed for a future global transmission through Penny Arcade and Steve Zehentner’s New York video oral history project,