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Meryl Meisler

Exhibition and Book Events

Exhibition through September 10, 2014
Bizarre Black Box Gallery 
12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn, NY
Directions: JMZ train to Myrtle/Wyckoff
Gallery Hours: Daily, 11am – 4am
Presentation & Book Signing
Thursday, July 24, 7 – 8pm
828 Broadway @ 12 St, NYC, NY
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The Golden Notebook
Presentation & Book Signing
Sunday, July 27, 3pm
29 Tinker St., Woodstock, NY
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Awesome Press about A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick

New York Times – Jonathan Mahler  – June 13, 2014

Stayin’ Alive

La (Italy) – Agnese Fioretti – June 27, 2013

Com’era ‘disco’ la New York anni ’70-’80: da Warhol ai Village People

CURBED – Hana R. Alberts – June 23, 2014

Relive 1980s Bushwick, Where Arson Turned Streets to Rubble

newsbeast (Greece) – June 20, 2014

Δέκα vintage φωτογραφίες της Νέας Υόρκης του ‘70

Business Insider – Allan Smith – June 19, 2014

10 Vintage Photos Of NY — When Disco Ruled And Bushwick Was A War Zone

Artiholics – Andrew Kaminski – June 12, 2014

Is This Bushwick’s First Hipster? Meryl Meisler Photographed The Neighborhood Before It Was Cool

DIVERSO (Brazil) – Da Redação – June 11, 2014

Livro e exposição A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick trazem imagens inéditas

Hipster (Poland) – Przez Branlicious – June 11, 2014

Bushwick disco Era

American Photo – Jeanette D. Moses – June 09, 2014

Interview: Meryl Meisler on Disco Era Bushwick

IDEAFIXA (Brazil) – Pedro Pezte – June 10, 2014

Sexo, drogas e disco: a decadente NY de 1970

Make My FriDay! – Jordan Gold – June 3, 2013
Meryl Meisler Explores New York’s Disco Kids

LUI (France) – Sophie Peyrard  – June 2014

Nuits blanche - pdf

Animal – Sophie Weiner  – June 5, 2014


Flavorwire – Jason Diamond – June 3, 2014

Sex, Drugs, and Disco: Decadent Photos From 1970s New York

Bushwick Daily – Henry Miller  – June 3, 2014

BOS Final Blow Out at Bizarre with Meryl Meisler and her Two Tales

Konbini (UK
Meryl Meisler Explores New York’s 1970s Disco Kids

Le Grand Jeu (France)
Meryl Meisler

Bushwick Daily – Katarina Hybenova  – June 02, 2014

Living BOS '14: Bushwick, Will You Still Be My Friend When You Change?

The New Criterion – James Panero – June 2014

Gallery Chronicle - On “Peak Bushwick” and Bushwick Open Studios

Hyperallergic – Hrag Vartanian – May 31, 2014

Before the Studios Open: Friday Night Shows at Bushwick Open Studios

Hyperallergic – Melissa Stern  – May 30, 2014

Disco-era Bushwick

Ashley Hunsberger – STREET Photography Magazine – May 28, 2014

Meryl Meisler’s New Book Documents Street Life in Bushwick

Paper Magazine – Abby Schreiber

Bedford & Bowery – Kirsten O’Regan – May 29, 2014

‘There’s Beautiful Light’: Meryl Meisler’s Snapshots of Disco-Era Bushwick

ARTFCITY – Paddy Johnson, W. Kimball and Corinna Kirsch – May 27, 2014
AFC’s 2014 Guide to Bushwick Open Studios

ArtsInBushwick – Catherine Kirkpatrick – May 26, 2013

Manic Need and Human Perserverance: A Photographer Looks Back
NYC in the late 1970s and early 80s could best be described using Charles Dickens' phrase “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Meryl Meisler’s photographs documented it with compassion and humor. As the city neared bankruptcy, crime rates rose, epidemics of arson and crack made the Big Apple seem like it was rotting to the core. In the midst of it all, a scintillating groundbreaking disco nightlife culture arose. Crossing the most exclusive clubs’ velvet gates, Meryl danced and photographed with her medium format camera. July 13, 1977, while she was en route to Studio 54, a blackout shuttered NYC. A few days later, the disco beat was back while headlines and radios blasted news about a neighborhood had she never heard of before, Bushwick, where looting and rioting erupted in the darkness and went on and on.

Fast forward to 1981; Meryl arrives at her new teaching position in a Bushwick Public School. On the surface the neighborhood epitomized urban decay. The beauty of natural light and those who loved and thrived in the destruction were captured with a point and shoot camera as Meryl walked to and from the subway and school.
A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick juxtaposes Meryl’s disco and Bushwick photographs with the writing of authors who grew up amongst the rubble. The accounts of Bushwick historians and educators, Disco Divas and Dickens’ narrative contribute to this true-life story and remind us that many of the same issues reverberate today.
Meryl’s images of Bushwick are the largest known documentation of the neighborhood during a desperate decade. Her disco photographs have never been shown before. A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick is Meryl's first monograph.

Photographs and text by Meryl Meisler
Introduction by Catherine Kirkpatrick
Design by Patricia Jean O’Brien
Writing by Charles Dickens, John A. Dereszewski, Judith DeLong, Vanessa Mártir,
Adam J. Schwartz and Emanuel Xavier
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