Cuckoo Crazy Arty Party Area Returns For One More Bash

Area -- the legendary nightclub that made art into a party and a party into art -- made a triumphant return downtown last night in celebration of the launch of a new book, Area, 1983-1987. With an opening at The Hole gallery, complete with performance art installations and a cash cube money machine, and an after-party at The Bowery Hotel, guests like Julian Schnabel, Jeffrey Deitch, Chuck Close, Patrick McMullan, Paper's David Hershkovits and Jack Nicholson (or so we hear) had the chance to re-live those heady times. Photos of the opening and after-party by Paper's Rebecca Smeyne, below.

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