"Quite possibly the best history of New York's much-reprised 'last avant-garde' of the 1980s, Edgewise reinvents the inspired amateurism of Mueller's work, and also creates unforgettable portraits of John Waters's Baltimore and Provincetown in the 1970s, 'when the water was still clean.'"
—CHRIS KRAUS, author of I Love Dick and Summer of Hate
"Cookie looked like Janis Joplin meets Jayne Mansfeld, a redneck hippie with a little bit of
glamour drag thrown in. She never led a safe life, unsafe was her middle name. She lived
on the edge, always." —JOHN WATERS (excerpt from EDGEWISE)
Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller by Chloé Griffin
Cookie Mueller (1949-1989) was an actress, a writer, a go-go dancer, a mother and an icon. A child of suburban 1950s Maryland, she made her name as an actress in John Waters's flms, including Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble, and then as an art critic for Details magazine and a columnist for the East Village Eye, gaining a reputation as a writer of hilarious stories and a maven of New York's downtown art world.
Edgewise tells the story of Cookie's life in the form of an oral history assembled from more than 80 interviews with the people who knew her, including John Waters, Mink Stole,Gary Indiana, Sharon Niesp, Max Mueller, Linda Yablonsky, Richard Hell, Amos Poe and
Raymond Foye. The contributors take us from the late-1960s artist communes of Baltimore to 1970s Provincetown and New York, through 1980s Berlin and Positano. Along with the text, Edgewise includes artwork, unpublished photographs, and archival material and photography by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, David Armstrong, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Hujar, and others.
For more info: www.cookiemuellerbook.com
Publisher: b_books Verlag
Distributor: ARTBOOK | D.A.P. (Distributed Art Publishers)
Friday Nov 7, 6pm
A Woman in Flames: A night of Cookie Mueller on film
A screening of three films: Michel Auder's A Couple of White Faggots Sitting Around Talking, John Waters's Female Trouble, and Amos Poe's Subway Riders, including talks and drinks.
Arsenal: Institut Für Film und Videokunst
Potsdamer Straße 2
Sunday Nov 9, 8pm
A Pool Painted Black: A night of readings from Cookie Mueller's writing
Featuring Sharon Niesp, Max Mueller, John Heys, and others reading stories written by Cookie Mueller.
Lübbener Straße 14
Images from the Book launch :
Image Credits :
Klaus Nomi & Cookie Mueller, NYC, c. 1981 (Anthony Scibelli)
Cookie & her son Max Mueller, Provincetown, 1976 (© Audrey Stanzler)
Cookie & John Heys, NYC, c. 1981 (Allen Frame)
Cookie Mueller, NYC, 1978 (Don Herron, courtesy of The Estate of Don Herron)
Cookie as My Ex-Boyfriend, NYC, 1980 (© Gary Indiana)
Cookie, NYC, 1981 (Tobi Seftel)
John Waters & Cookie, NYC, 1977 (© Bobby Grossman)