Wire, Joy Division, Buzzcocks, The Ramones—the only thing as good as the music that developed during the punk and post-punk scenes of the late '70s and early '80s was the artwork associated with it. Whether it was flyers, album covers, zines, or concert posters, the unmistakeable graphic designs of the punk era are now as iconic as many of those bands. And the Museum of Arts & Design (MAD) will explore and celebrate the style with a new exhibit along with some cool events—including a conversation with the one-and-only Johnny Rotten.

The exhibit, titled Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986, will be on display at MAD from April 9th until August 18th, 2019. It will feature more than four hundred of punk's most memorable graphics from various ephemera as part of the main exhibit, including tons of NYC artifacts like CBGB flyers (though not the awnings) and early issues of Punk magazine.

"Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die charts punk’s explosive impact on design and examines its complex relationship with art, history, and culture," said Chris Scoates, MAD's Nanette L. Laitman Director. "Punk questioned everything, and it’s that spirit of inquiry that is driving MAD forward today, presenting and debating innovative works and ideas with lots of energy, color, and noise."

Rotten, last seen getting into a highly amusing public squabble with Henry Rollins and Marky Ramone at the Punk docuseries panel, will be interviewed by music historian Gillian McCain (co-author with Legs McNeil of the seminal Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk) on Monday, April 15th at 2 p.m.

During Museum hours, there will be a multimedia presentation continuously playing in the theater based on the Please Kill Me book called Please Kill Me: Voices from the Archive. Narrated by McNeil and McCain and compiled by filmmaker/artist Brendan Toller, the presentation includes vintage interviews with Iggy Pop, Joey and Dee Dee Ramone, Debbie Harry, Jim Carroll, Billy Name, and others.

In addition, there'll also be other events including an evening on punk photography with David Godlis, Bob Gruen, Marcia Resnick, and Paul Zone; a night of music with DJ Phast Phreddie; a conversation with Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein; a zine-making course with MAD Artist Fellow Tamara Santibañez; and more programs focused on punk fashion and music history. And from April 25th through July 11th, MAD will present a global punk cinema series of films from Mexico, Japan, Cameroon, and other countries "underscoring the variety of contexts in which punk music has galvanized youth movements for rebellion and social change."

The Museum Of Arts & Design is located at 2 Columbus Circle in Manhattan; it is open Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Thu: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; general admissions is $16, but it is "Pay-What-You-Wish" on Thursdays from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (212-299-7777)