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Meryl Meisler

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Les YES by Meryl Meisler

Meryl Meisler is back with a new exhibition, this time featuring photographs of New York’s Lower East Side during the 1970’s & ‘80s!

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, has two acclaimed books published, ‘A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick’ (Bizarre, 2014), and ‘Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City’ (Bizarre, 2015) and has had her work featured in numerous exhibitions. Now she will add her exhibition, ‘LES YES!’ at The Storefront Project in New York City to her growing list of work.

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One of Time Magazine’s Unsung American Female Photographers of the Past Century, who was known for documenting the heart, heat and abandon of the wild 1970’s and 80’s disco and punk scenes, is back with a new exhibition! However, this time, Meryl Meisler has turned her lens on a different circus.

Sassy Circus & Creepy Clowns features Meisler’s images from the Finale Day of The Greatest Show on Earth, along with her interpretations of The 45th Administration. The Greatest Show on Earth refers to The Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which just ended it’s run of 146 years, and Meisler was at one of the finale performances to capture it. The circus ended its run due to declining ticket sales. The decline was attributed to the circus no longer using live elephants in its performances after scrutiny from animal rights groups and corresponding local ordinances.

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PWP Scene on the Street Exhibition New York - 1

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 and the author of ‘A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick and ‘Purgatory & Paradise: SASSY ’70s Suburbia in The City’, has juried an exhibition of street photography showcasing the work of 68 women photographers from New York City and beyond!

Professional Women Photographers (PWP) is presenting SCENE ON THE STREET, a celebration of street photography focusing on people and incidents that define a moment in time. Photographs of random events seen in urban and suburban environments giving a glimpse of day-to-day life in different parts of the world.

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Paradise & Purgatory: SASSY ’70s Suburbia & The City

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.

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Meryl Meisler's two exhibits in Bushwick
From the "Assorted Madness & The Unexpected" exhibition

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.

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Meryl Meisler self portrait

Meryl Meisler at Steven Kasher Gallery

New York in the 1970’s was a hotspot, if not the hottest spot, for punk and disco. CBGBs. Studio 54. These were cultural meccas that were known all over the world. Thankfully, a sharp shooter like the talented Meryl Meisler was there to document it. And, beginning February 25th, you can get a  taste of Meisler’s work from that period at the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea’s art gallery district, New York City.

The exhibition, which rubs through April 9th, features 35 of Meisler’s black and white prints and represents some of her earliest work. The images give us a look into the 70’s from Meisler’s Jewish/Italian hometown in Long Island, to the gritty and wild clubs and streets of disco fever-stricken New York.