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A Look Back: The Golden Turkey Awards

Pamela Wilson and Marc Kreisel, co-emcees of the evening, delivered scathing hilarity from a script penned by Kreisel.

Pamela Wilson and Marc Kreisel, co-emcees of the evening, delivered scathing self-deprecating hilarity from a script penned by Kreisel.

After the 1981 Downtown Drive-In — at which the original rough-cut of “Young Turks” was projected against a wall at 440 Seaton St. in Downtown Los Angeles — Marc Kreisel, one of the “Young Turks” and owner of Al’s Bar, hosted a tongue-in-cheek awards ceremony to poke fun at the faux celebrity of the subjects of Stephen Seemayer’s film.

At a gritty warehouse on Traction Avenue, across the street from Al’s Bar, much of the L.A. art world gathered for an evening of mock Hollywood glamour and plentiful alcoholic beverages. In the preface to the book about “Young Turks” — published by Astro Artz in 1982 — artist and Otis professor Joan Hugo called the event “an extravaganza of tuxedos, sequins, limousines and ‘stars.’ ”

It was an art event that made fun of art events and the burgeoning cult of “art stardom.” And a good time was had by all.

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