The much-anticipated Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!: Ramones and the Birth of Punk exhibit opened yesterday to a packed crowd at the Queens Museum, in New York. Queens Museum is located in Flushing Meadow Park, the home of the 1964/65 World’s Fair. As the original members of the Ramones – Joey, DeeDee, Johnny and Tommy – were all from Forest Hills, Queens, it was fitting that the exhibit opened in their home borough! In fact, after I left the museum, I’m told that the Borough President of Queens proclaimed April 10th to be Ramones Day in Queens, NY!
The lines for this popular exhibit went around the museum, but luckily we got there early.
The exhibit itself extends through four rooms and is both well-organized and captivating. Two of the rooms are filled with posters, artwork, magazine articles, and, of course, t-shirts, musical instruments and other memorabilia. The third room is essentially divided between the legacy of each of the original four members of the Ramones, sadly, none of whom are alive today. In a fourth room, videos of Ramones concerts are shown on a large screen.
As it was opening day, many of the noted punk world people – from photographers to directors to Ramones’ family members, friends and fans (and fans’ children) – were all in attendance. For the people-watchers and star-gazers, there was no shortage of interesting personalities present.
Rather than keep on describing the day, I’ll share some photos I took of the event (because that’s what you really want to see, right?).
The exhibit will be at the Queens Museum through July 31st, and thereafter, travel to many other venues. If you live in or near New York City or plan on visiting within the next few months, I’d suggest a trip out to Queens to see this exhibit. The suggested donation is $8. See the Queens Museum website for further details.
Hey! Ho! Long live punk.