New York City (Party after fashion show at 79th Street Rotunda, Riverside Park)
On View: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
By the time this photograph was taken in 1976, many styles of music and dancing were emerging in New York City.
In the Bronx, DJ Kool Herc, who has been called the father of hip-hop, began collecting obscure records and blending them with local hits of the day. Noticing that the young dancers would wait until the instrumental sections of songs to dance, Herc started to connect three instrumental “breaks” in a technique he called the “merry-go-round,” and the dancers began to be known as break dancers.
Also in the South Bronx, as a reaction to many years of dancing the twist solo, people began “touch dancing,” which evolved into the Spanish hustle and the hustle.
Queens saw more interest in rock, with the advent of the glam group Kiss and the punk band the Ramones. While some bands such as Blondie oscillated between musical genres including disco, punk, reggae, and rap, others focused on one genre, disco. By the time of Studio 54, disco had been a popular dance form for several years, and everyone felt that America was dancing again—though not all to the same beat.
Gelatin silver photograph
sheet: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
frame: 15 3/8 × 20 3/8 × 1 3/4 in. (39.1 × 51.8 × 4.4 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated in graphite, upper left verso
Gift of Cynthia K. Yanowitz
© Robert Sefcik
The Brooklyn Museum holds a non-exclusive license to reproduce images of this work of art from the rights holder named here.
The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act.
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact email@example.com
If you wish to contact the rights holder for this work, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will assist if we can.
Robert Sefcik (American, born 1948). New York City (Party after fashion show at 79th Street Rotunda, Riverside Park), 1976. Gelatin silver photograph, sheet: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Cynthia K. Yanowitz, 85.94.4. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 85.94.4_PS9.jpg)
overall, 85.94.4_PS9.jpg., 2019
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.