Announced: Meryl Meisler “Purgatory & Paradise: Sassy 70’s Suburbia and the City” @ Bizarre Bushwick


Purgatory & Paradise Party

With great pride, Bizarre Publishing and Black Box Gallery present Purgatory & Paradise: SASSY ’70s Suburbia & The City, Meryl Meisler’s book launch and exhibition.

Friday, June 5, 7:00 pm – 4:00 am

Drag Queens & Kings, Go-Go Dancers, DJs, Dancing, open bar, Mystery Mayhem and more!

Purgatory & Paradise: SASSY ’70s Suburbia & The City by Meryl MEISLER juxtaposes intimate images of home life on Long Island alongside NYC street and night life – the likes of which have never been seen. Quirky, nostalgic and a bit naughty, it’s a genuine cultural capsule of a decade that captivates today’s generation. The photos and stories illustrate Meryl’s coming of age: 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.

Saturday, June 6, 6:00 pm
Readings and Performances
Vanessa Mártir – This Isn’t My Brooklyn
Emanuel Xavier – Author/Poet, TedX Bushwick Speaker, LGBT Icon
Catherine Kirkpatrick – Introducing the Sassy ’70s
Amy Leffler – The Mystery Club: Friendship and Adventure in Suburbia
Judi Jupiter – Queen of the B Girls

Sunday, June 7, 4:00 pm
The Drug Wars & Epidemic Incarceration – The ’70s & Today
Discussion led by Dr. Ernest Drucker, author of Plague of Prisons

Purgatory & Paradise: SASSY ’70s Suburbia & The City
Photography and text by Meryl Meisler
Introduction by Catherine Kirkpatrick
Design by Patricia Jean O’Brien
Writing by Esther Cohen, Dr. Ernest Drucker, Amy Leffler and Emanuel Xavier

Photography / the 1970s / NYC / Long Island / Suburbia / Streetlife / Nightlife
8.5 x 11 inches
256 pages, 241 B&W photographs
ISBN: 978-0-9910141-3-2
$45.00 USA/CAN



Bizarre Bushwick

12 Jefferson St

Brooklyn, New York 11206

Author: c_priority

artist / curator / slap tagger @ GSWW ~ Principal @ ladderandkey

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