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No matter what the theme, though, Area's most salient feature was its radical restroom concept. There was a men's and a women's, as usual, but no one enforced proper attendance. These were the "Bright Lights, Big City" years, but there were other strange things going on in the loos. Eric Goode denies that there was a bar in the bathrooms, but acknowledges that it was a club within a club. "They were the first truly coed bathrooms," he says. "Stephan Lupino set up a studio in there, photographing people with their clothes off. And Chuck Close's big penis image was exhibited there."


Clockwise from left: Keith Haring, contributing to an ˜˜Art'' night; Steven Meisel, left, and Teri Toye; Calvin Klein, left, and Tommy Street.

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