Lost Bohemia
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For over 100 years, the most significant 20th century artists and performers have lived and worked in the 165 landmark Studios atop Carnegie Hall, including Marilyn Monroe, Isadora Duncan, Barnett Newman, Norman Mailer, Marlon Brando and George Balanchine. In 2001, the Carnegie Hall Corporation began to systematically evict the artists (some in residence for over forty years), destroy the Studios and convert the spaces into offices. Alarmed by the situation, photographer Josef Astor, a resident of the Carnegie Hall Studios for over twenty years, began to film his neighboring artists, the… More
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"It's wrenching to see these people, many of them elderly, confronted with the prospect of having to move."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"It can be easy to dismiss the hardships of rent-controlled bohemians, but as seen from the inside, it's clear that something much bigger was at stake: the very heart of a city that prides itself on art, but habitually privileges the bottom line."
‑ Eric Hynes, Time Out New York
"Call it the rape of Carnegie Hall."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Lost Bohemia's real power, though, is in the impromptu interviews Astor conducted with his neighbors."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"A sad and spirited elegy for the Carnegie Hall Studios, which for more than a century provided working, living and teaching space for all kinds of artists on the floors above the famous concert hall."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"An affecting chronicle of artists fighting eviction from their historic Carnegie Hall studios against the full power of a corporatized New York institution. Guess who wins?"
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
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