C U R R E N T E X H I B I T I O N
The Heart and Soul of Hotel Chelsea
Photographs by Linda Troeller
and works from Chelsea Hotel artists
Mick Rock, Bobby Fisher, Mia Hanson, Hawk Alfredson,
Margaret Morton, Gigi Stoll, Dan Halstead and April Barton
November 10, 2017 - March 2018
ilon Art Gallery
204 West 123rd Street, Harlem NY 10027
Hotel Chelsea, since it was built in 1883, has been the center of artistic and bohemian life. Notable artists lived in the hotel throughout the decades. Many know the stories of manger Stanley Bard, musician Patti Smith and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe or maybe the legend of Sid Vicious. Ilon Art Gallery is proud to present “The Heart and Soul of Hotel Chelsea”. This exhibition scans more than forty creative years at the hotel.
We celebrate the two decades that photographer Linda Troeller lived in the Hotel. “It was an amazing, chaotic environment that survived on artistic exchanges and shared ideas” Linda says. She documented and photographed all that was going on around her. “The Chelsea was a creative haven where sex was a celebration and drugs heightened the appreciation, Linda says.” The heart and soul of the hotel is vibrant in her photos.
Her work was published in three books by three publishers: Life in Chelsea Hotel published by Schiffer Books, Erotic Lives of Women published by Scalo, co-authored, with Marion Schneider and Orgasm: Photographs and Interviews published by Daylight.
To best reflect the spirit of the Chelsea, we are presenting a group show of artists from the Hotel in the Bar Gallery.
In 1984, Bobby Fisher moved in as a budding photographer. Mia Hanson and her husband Hawk Alfredson, a photographer and painter, resided in the hotel from 2001-2010. Hawk's painting that hung in the lobby for five years proudly hang in this show. Mia’s portraits on the roof in the halls make use of the amazing light that comes thru the hotel and photographers love for portraits. Mick Rock brought Lenny Kravitz to the Hotel for a classic Mick Rock rocking a photo shoot with rocker Lenny Kravitz. The amazing Gigi Stoll was called in by Venus to do her portrait, naked of course. Margaret Morton came to the hotel by the Village Voice to shoot Stanley Bard, the beloved manger of this amazing Hotel.
The Heart and Soul of Hotel Chelsea” shares these stories ….. and more surprises.