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Feb 23, 2010 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Chelsea Hotel: Ghosts of Bohemia

Perhaps no other place epitomizes the artistic bohemia of the last century better than the Chelsea Hotel in New York. This exhibition is the first museum show on the subject. The exhibition focuses on three seminal artists associated with that legendary place – Harry Smith, Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe – to explore the changing notions of bohemia from the 1950s to the ‘80s. By comparing Smith, Warhol and Mapplethorpe, as well as two other artists, Jonas Mekas and Michel Auder, a complex picture emerges, revealing differing notions of bohemia’s “otherness” as well as bohemia’s trajectory in the second half of the 20th century. The exhibition highlights the crucial role of bohemia in modern culture and asks what is its meaning today, when we may be witnessing the demise of bohemianism? Or is it just a fundamental transformation?

Chelsea Hotel: Ghosts of Bohemia. Harry Smith, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe,  Jonas Mekas, Michel Auder.

Exhibition Catalog Reception
Anthology Film Archives, February 23, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
32 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

CHELSEA HOTEL: GHOSTS OF BOHEMIA. Edited by Jaroslav Anděl. With texts by Jaroslav Anděl, Victor Bockris, Jonas Mekas and Sherill Tippins. Current exhibition at the DOX CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, PRAGUE, ending MARCH 29, 2010.

The reception, introduced by Jonas Mekas and Jaroslav Anděl, is a tribute to the work of Harry Smith.  Co-organized with the Czech Center, New York.

Supported by BrouCzech Beer www.brouczech.com




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Feb 23, 2010 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


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