The Bowery sure ain't what it used to be. But The New Museum, whose five-year-old home on the storied strip certainly helped its current renaissance get going, wants you to remember what it once was. To that end, it will open a new show next month called, "Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969-1989," as a way to remember—or learn.

Using art from the New Museum’s Bowery Artist Tribute archive and the online archive of Marc H. Miller, the exhibition "features original artwork, ephemera, and performance documentation by twenty artists who lived and worked on or near the Bowery in New York." The show doesn't open until September 19 (it runs through January 6, 2013) but the folks at the Museum sent us a few images from the show to whet your appetite.

Meanwhile, want to know more about that amazing "Garden of Eden?" It has a long, fascinating and ultimately depressing story. The artist Adam Purple grew corn there! Here's a great short film on the garden:

Artists whose work will be in the Ethan Swan-curated show include Barbara Ess, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Keith Haring, John Holmstrom, Curt Hoppe, Colette Lumiere, Marc H. Miller, Adrian Piper, Adam Purple, Dee Dee Ramone, Joey Ramone, Marcia Resnick, Bettie Ringma, Christy Rupp, Arleen Schloss, Charles Simonds, Eve Sonneman, Billy Sullivan, Paul Tschinkel, Arturo Vega, and Martin Wong.