The FUN Gallery was started in 1981 by Bill Stelling and Patti Astor who met at the Mudd Club. Astor, a film actress, was well known on the NYC underground circuit as “The Queen of The Downtown Screen” and it was her ‘celebutante’ status that brought the crowds to this gritty tenement storefront . FUN shot to fame as “the first art gallery in the East Village” and also the first art gallery to give graffiti artists one man shows appearing in PEOPLE Magazine in 1983. Although its tenure was brief the changes it brought to the art world endure.
“FUN Gallery was a place where neighborhood kids, downtown artists, b-boys, rock, film, and rap stars mixed with museum directors art historians and uptown collectors at wild openings featuring artists like Futura, Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quinones, Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat.” PAPER Magazine 2012
Patti said: “I want everyone who walks through that door to feel, yes I can make a difference here.” Join the FUN Gallery Crew on the continuing adventure
The FUN Gallery T-Shirts
“Keith Haring FUN Invite” (c) Collection of Patti Astor
Each artist at the FUN Gallery created their own Invitation. These exclusive Keith Haring Tees are 100% Cotton, Hanes Beefy T for Men, American Apparel for the Ladies. Please choose your Size carefully as your shirt is being created for you. For this initial offering please allow a 3-4 week turnaround.
Abbie Hoffman, Jimi Hendrix, Weathermen and the Rolling Stones kick off a 60's rollercoaster ride. From a punk rocker hanging at CBGB's in 1975 with local bands Talking Heads and Blondie, Patti Astor starred in over a dozen low-budget films earning the sobriquet "Queen of The Downtown Screen".
Get down with her unique FUN Gallery Crew of Fab 5 Freddy, Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat, DONDI, LEE, Kenny Scharf, Futura 2000 and Zephyr kicking it with Rock Steady Crew, Clash, Afrika Bambaata, Leo Castelli, Paul Simon, Andy Warhol, Johnny Rotten, Julian Schnabel, Beastie Boys (as bratty teens), Matt Dillon and Madonna!
"Patti Astor, star of WILD STYLE, has written a funny, no-bullshit chronicle of the East Village art scene in the 1980's."
Wild Style–this movie is *the* classic hip-hop flick, full of great subway shots, breakdancing, freestyle MCing and rare footage of one of the godfathers of hip-hop, Grandmaster Flash, pulling off an awesome scratch-mix set on a pair of ancient turntables.
Patti Astor stars as the Downtown Punk Rock Reporter who unites with Uptown Kingpin Fab 5 Freddy to bring the new scene to the world.
A must-see for anyone interested in hip-hop music and culture.