Meryl Meisler, the outstanding documenter of the 70’s and 80’s New York disco and punk scenes, is bent on ending the year with a bang with her Determined December! One of Time Magazine’s Unsung American Female Photographers of the Past Century, who was known for documenting the wild heat and abandon of those scenes, is turning up the heat herself!
On December 21, Meisler is presenting Let’s Talk SASSY!, an artist talk on and book signing for her work, Paradise & Purgatory: SASSY ’70s Suburbia & The City. Described as, “quirky, nostalgic and a bit naughty, it’s a genuine cultural capsule of a decade that captivates today’s generation”, SASSY is a time machine into the heady 70’s. The South Bronx, suburbia, The Mystery Club, dance lessons, Girl Scouts, the Rockettes, the circus, school, mitzvahs, proms, weddings, gay Fire Island, the Hamptons, feminists, happy hookers, CBGB, Punks, Disco, After Hours and Go-Go Bars, Jewish and LGBT Pride, street life, home theatrics, holidays, friendship, family and love… all were captured by Meisler and her medium format camera. As she danced the night away, she photographed it as well.
The Let’s Talk SASSY!, talk and signing is taking place Wednesday, December 21 from 6-8pm at Midoma Gallery, 545 Eighth Ave. Suite 750, New York, New York. Midoma is also featuring Meisler in it’s current exhibition, Meryl Meisler- SASSY ‘70s NYC, which runs through January 6, 2017. The gallery’s hours are Tuesdays through Fridays 12pm – 8pm and Saturdays 11am – 6pm. More information can be found at midoma.com.
In addition to the SASSY! talk, signing and exhibition, Meisler’s work is also being featured at Bizarre’s Black Box Gallery in the exhibition, BIZARRE Assorted Madness & The Unexpected. In this exhibition, with photographs by Meisler, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire & Gregory Baubeau, attendees will see what happens at the bar which houses the gallery. Acrobats, artists, burlesque, circus, drag kings and queens, exhibitionists, fire spinners, magicians, musicians, poets, patrons and performers are all on display, and the captures are not for the timid or unadventurous! Bizarre’s Black Box Gallery is located at 12 Jefferson St., Brooklyn, New York and it’s hours are are Monday through Friday 4pm – 4am, Saturday & Sunday 11am – 4am. More information can be found at bizarrebushwick.com . The exhibition runs through February 1, 2017.
Meryl Meisler, who studied with the great Lisette Model, has a Determined December indeed! Beat the winter blues and cold, and turn up the heat at one of these great events!
You can find out more about Meisler on her website at http://www.merylmeisler.com.