Pat Place

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


Place graduated with a BFA in painting and sculpture at Northern Illinois University. She came to New York City in 1975 and exhibited her art in various galleries from 1977 to 1984.

Place’s photography has recently been shown at the “No Wave, Post Punk, Underground New York 1976-80″ exhibition curated by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley at KS Art in TriBeca 2008, and the group exhibition “Happy Vacation” at Thrust Projects.

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 for The Contortions, one of the central bands in the New York no wave scene.[1]

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 [2]

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


  1. ^ Masters, Marc. No Wave. London: Black Dog Publishing, 2007, pp. 175-178
  2. ^ 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