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.