New York's Chelsea Hotel Talk
About: Open Studios with Kirsty Turpie
Since February this year, artist Kirsty Turpie has brought artist communities of the past back to life with interactive talks at Blueprint 100’s monthly Open Studio.
February seen Kirsty adorning the walls of the Stove café with tin foil as she recounted tales of Andy Warhol’s New York studio, The Factory: the films, artwork and infamous parties that were had there.
March’s edition brought back to life The Beatles’ Apple Boutique, the not-so-well-known creative adventure of The Beatles. The shop located in Marylebone London in the 1960’s was helmed by Dutch artist collective The Fool, and sold an array of unique psychedelic attire.
So for April’s edition it is time to go back to the 60’s once more and delve in to the many stories from the New York’s infamous hotel and residency, the Chelsea Hotel; the home of numerous writers, musicians, artists and actors since the 1940’s.
In the 1950’s the hotel was home to influential beat poets Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, the 1960’s seen an influx of visual artists, and the 1970’s and 80’s musicians such as Patti Smith and Sid Viscous swung through its doors. The lobby was a meeting of creative minds and the rooms and hallways were filled with art.
Watch the talk to hear more about the inspiring stories that unfolded behind its doors.