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ONE YEAR AT MOTHER (1999-2000)

A JAMIE CASERTANO GALLERY

" Mother had become a haven for me, as it was for many before me. All I had imagined New York City nightlife to be came to life before my eyes. I was shocked, amazed, amused and inspired in every sense of the word. In one brief year I was schooled in the art of nightlife. These photographs are a testament to the people who created what Mother was and to those who loved her." - Jamie Casertano, photographer

PART TWO: THE FINAL YEAR AT MOTHER (1999-2000)
ALL PHOTOS BY JAMIE CASERTANO, 1999-2000. All rights reserved - Contact JArt27@aol.com

The fabled Meat Market nightclub MOTHER (1996-2000) was most successful at two things - melding tolerant folk of every ilk in a night landscape often likened to Noah's Ark and nurturing great performance. The method go-go tradition born at Jackie 60 was explored throughout MOTHER, most memorably by the HOUSE OF DOMINATION (Ambrosia, above left, demonstrates the art of the tip.) Performance legend JOHN KELLY (above right) spanned the entire Meat Market era - he's seen here at MOTHER for She's In Parties, ten days before Mother's End.
Performers from other club scenes and traditions found a home at MOTHER, where auteurs were delighted about the re-emergence of pre-Stonewall drag icon FLAWLESS SABRINA (below left, seen outside Click + Drag) and a chance to see their cultural icons experimenting. All-around MOTHER thesbian DEBBIE HARRY's feet tell the tale at Click + Drag's Wizard of Oz homage (below right) - the small, scuffed stage saw more than its share of stardust!
MOTHER was a queen among clubs, as her name implied a matriarchy in the night. The strong female presence was usually in evidence, in as many interpretations as one could imagine. STRAWBERRY (above left) was a Meat Market superstar when MOTHER opened - unoffical mayor of West 14th Street, she often sauntered in on her rounds. Mother of MOTHER CHI CHI VALENTI (above right) used poetic oratory to make her many points - as here, in her last reading before Mother's End.

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