McDermott & McGough | Artists
David McDermott & Peter McGough explore different periods, in their way of life as well as in their art. For over 30 years, the art duo have been living as though it’s the end of the 19th century. From a townhouse in the East Village they created their art by candlelight, lived without modern appliances and traveled through Manhattan on horseback complete with top hats and the finest couture from nearly a century ago.
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David McDermott and Peter McGough studied at the same university in 1976. Their paths did not cross until they both moved to New York City some years later. From 1980 through 1995, McDermott & McGough dressed, lived, and worked as artists and "men about town", circa 1900-1928: they wore top hats and detachable collars, and converted a townhouse in NYC's East Village. "We were experimenting in time," says McDermott, "trying to build an environment and a fantasy we could live and work in."