Pat Place

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Pat Place (born 1953 in Chicago) is an artist, photographer, and musician noted for her work as a founding member and guitarist of no wave bands James Chance and the Contortions and Bush Tetras.


Place grew up in Chicago. She studied art in college, graduating with a BFA in painting and sculpture, attending Northern Illinois University and Skidmore College. She came to New York City in 1975 to pursue a career as a visual artist.[1]

Place’s photography work was displayed in 2008 at the "No Wave, Post Punk, Underground New York 1976-80" exhibition curated by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley at KS Art, and at the group exhibition "Happy Vacation" at Thrust Projects,[2] both in New York City.

She was also involved in the no wave cinema scene, appearing in some of Vivienne Dick's movies co-starring with Lydia Lunch and other musicians from New York's late 1970s and early 1980s post-punk community.


Place was the original guitarist and one of the founding members of the Contortions, one of the central bands in the New York no wave music scene.[3]

She then formed the Bush Tetras. Place and vocalist Cynthia Sley produced the most distinctive aspects of the Tetras sound. Place's guitar lines were rhythmic and distortion-filled.[4]

From the 1990s until present, Place has been performing with Bush Tetras and various noise music bands in New York City and Europe.


  1. ^ "Perfect Sound Forever: Pat Place talks of Contortions, Bush Tetras". Retrieved 2018-07-09.
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  3. ^ Masters, Marc. No Wave. London: Black Dog Publishing, 2007, pp. 175-178
  4. ^ Masters, Marc. No Wave. London: Black Dog Publishing, 2007, pp. 175-178


  • Carlo McCormick, The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene, 1974–1984, Princeton University Press, 2006
  • Masters, Marc. No Wave, London: Black Dog Publishing, 2007,pp. 175–178