It’s an endless list — living and staying at Hotel Chelsea on West 23rd Street in its eponymous neighborhoods such as Mark Twain, Arthur Miller, Dee Dee Ramone, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe. Writers, artists, performers, musicians, and just a few examples of the authors, artists, performers, and creators.
Legendary accommodation and living space are in the limelight at a new photo exhibition called “No Vacation” at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in Soho, a homage to Hotel Chelsea, also known as the Chelsea Hotel. There are images of Blondie, Andy Warhol, Leonard Cohen, and Janis Joplin who shot his movie “Chelsea Girls”.
“I really dig deep into the photographer’s archive and try to find a photo I’ve never seen before,” said Marcel Murdoch, gallery director who curated the show.
Coincidentally, the show begins as Chelsea welcomes guests again after more than a decade of rehab projects.
Many long-time residents continue to live there. The groundbreaking building, built in 1884, is still obscured by construction nets and scaffolding. A full resumption is scheduled for later this year.
The photos in the Prince Street gallery bring the old place to life. There are punk rock bassist Sid Vicious, Sex Pistols, and one of the darkest episodes in history, girlfriend Nancy Spungen. Vicious was accused of stabbing and killing her in a hotel room, but overdose heroin before being put on her trial. The photographs also show the creativity and spirit of the 1960s and 70s.
“The point of this show is that there aren’t many places left to see such a collaborative environment that has brought a lot to it,” Murdoch said.
The photos will be on display for a month. Learn more about.