Meryl Meisler, the acclaimed New York photographer who documented the heart and heat of the wild 1970’s and 80’s disco and punk scenes in the city is displaying her work again with two exhibits in Bushwick.
Running until October 30th, BUSHWICK CHRONICLE: Photography by Meryl Meisler, Writing by James Panero, will be at Stout Projects, 55 Meadow St. #310, Brooklyn, NY. The gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm – 5pm and by appointment. The exhibition recognizes Bushwick as a historically significant artistic community now in need of documentation.
Over the summer of 2016 through a series of open calls, Meryl and James invited the artists, gallerists, journalists, and organizers of Bushwick to gather for group portraits inspired by Nina Leen’s 1950 portrait of the Abstract Expressionists in “The Irascibles,” Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’s 1985 series on “The New Irascibles,” and Art Kane’s 1958 portrait of Jazz Musicians in “A Great Day in Harlem.” These photographs were taken with a medium format camera using black-and-white film, returning Meryl to her analogue roots and printing in the dark-room. The exhibition of these new photographs is now paired with Meisler’s illustrative painted photographs of Bushwick from the 1980s on, and Panero’s writing on the neighborhood.
Meisler’s work is also being featured at Bizarre’s Black Box Gallery, 12 Jefferson St., Brooklyn, NY through January 1, 2017. This exhibit, BIZARRE Assorted Madness & The Unexpected, with photographs by Meisler, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire & Gregory Baubeau, will give attendees a peek at what happens at the bar which houses the gallery. Get a glimpse of acrobats, artists, burlesque, circus, drag kings and queens, exhibitionists, fire spinners, magicians, musicians, poets, patrons and performers through the photographer’s lens. A word of caution, though: some of these images are not for the eyes of the timid! The gallery hours are Monday through Friday 4pm – 4am, Saturday & Sunday 11am – 4am.
Earlier this year, Meisler was named one of Time magazine’s Unsung American Female Photographers of the Past Century. Meryl Meisler studied with the great Lisette Model and has had a 31 year career as a New York City public school art teacher. She’s received fellowships and grants from organizations such as the New York Foundation for the Arts, Time Warner and the Japan Society. She’s also had work exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art and in various public spaces such as Grand Central Station. Hert photography is also in the permanent collections of The Whitney, the Museum of Modern Art, Columbia University and the Library of Congress.
Get out and discover Meryl Meisler’s work and get a glimpse of Bushwick and the wild side!