Punkfest Cornell: Anarchy in the Archives
November 1-5, 2016
Join us for a week-long celebration of punk music and history in Ithaca, N.Y.!
Punkfest Cornell features panel discussions and performances by four generations of punk luminaries, including Exene Cervenka and John Doe, Aaron Cometbus, Ian MacKaye, Pussy Riot, Henry Rollins, Victoria Ruiz, and Shonen Knife.
On Nov. 4, Cornell University Library will open its punk collections with an inaugural exhibition “Anarchy in the Archives,” exploring punk’s cultural and political impact from the mid-1970s to the present day. “Anarchy in the Archives” offers a vast array of rare artifacts — photographs, art, flyers, posters, clothing, manuscripts, and vinyl — representing work by Patti Smith, the Sex Pistols, Vivienne Westwood, Dead Kennedys, Los Crudos, Green Day and more. The exhibition runs from November 4, 2016 - May 19, 2017.
Guest speakers include:
- Aaron Cometbus of Crimpshrine, Pinhead Gunpowder and the Cometbus zine
- John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X and the Knitters
- Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat, Fugazi and Dischord Records
- Pussy Riot
- Henry Rollins of Black Flag and 2.13.61
- Victoria Ruiz of Downtown Boys
- Jon Savage, author of England’s Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock and Beyond
Musical performances include John Doe and Japanese pop punk legends Shonen Knife.
Panels will also feature talks on punk identities and Global Punk.
All events at Cornell are free and open to the public. Punkfest Cornell is organized by the Department of Music and the Department of Comparative Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences; Cornell University Library; and Dan Smalls Presents. See the schedule for full details. #punkfestcornell
Additional support provided by: Department of Performing and Media Arts, University Courses, American Studies Program, Department of English, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies program, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Studies, Society for the Humanities, Department of Romance Studies, Latin American Studies Program, Department of Anthropology.
The exhibition “Anarchy in the Archives” is made possible by the generous support of the Stephen ’58 MBA ’59 and Evalyn Edwards ’60 Milman Exhibition Fund.