The Coen Brothers latest film "Inside Llewyn Davis"
is fictional, but it aims to portray the very specific time and place of the Greenwich Village Folk scene in the early 60's. Reviewers have already noted the similarities
between the movies characters and some real life counterparts, starting with Llewyn Davis himself and legendary folk singer Dave Van Ronk
. [more inside]
Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (1874-1927) was born in Germany, moved to the U.S. (and was arrested for wearing men's clothes
in 1910) and lived in New York City from 1913-1923. She may have been involved with the submission of Fountain
to the 1917 exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists (Previously
); she also made an assemblage Portrait of Marcel Duchamp
, and the plumbing assemblage God
is attributed to her, photographed by 1918 flu epidemic casualty Morton Schamberg
. She was known to wear a coal scuttle as a hat, with postage stamps on her cheeks; historians have called her America's first performance artist
. In the 1920s she was friends with Jamaican-American writer Claude McKay
. Her writing was preserved by Djuna Barnes and was finally published in 2011 by MIT Press as Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
edited by her biographer Irene Gammel and Suzanne Zelazo
Follow Tom Cruise
as he navigates his way around Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut
Greenwich Village set [more inside]
Anyone who was anyone in the literary world of 1920s New York signed the door of Frank Shay's Christopher Street bookshop
. The door is now in the collection of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, and they'd like your help
identifying the remaining unknown signatures.
Some news about the return of Chumley's. Chumley's
in New York's West Village has been closed since 2007, when a chimney collapse
shut it down "temporarily." The building began life around 1830 as a blacksmith's shop, and during the Civil War may have been used to shelter runaway slaves
. In the 1920s, Leland "Lee" Chumley, a "Soldier, Artist, Writer and Covered Wagon Driver,"
[paid NYT archive link] established it as a speakeasy, with two unmarked entrances – one on Barrow Street, and one at 86 Bedford Street
[Google map]. [more inside]
Suze Rotolo, artist, muse and covergirl has died, aged 67.
She was Bob Dylan's lover and muse meeting him soon after he moved from Minnesota to New York in 1961. An artist in her own right
, Suze explored the idea of books as artefacts, focusing on their appearance rather than their contents. She also published a memoir of early 1960's Greenwich Village
. Ironically for an artist concerned with paratext she will most likely be remembered as the girl from the cover of Freewheelin'
, Dylan's early masterpiece. The image of Rotolo and Dylan strolling along a frosty Jones Street has fixed itself in the popular consciousness and is one that Tom Cruise
will take to his death
The Art & Life of Annie Truxell
[via mefi projects
]: Annie Truxell is a well known painter who has lived a long and fascinating life. Her adventures have been legendary, encompassing Greenwich Village in the 50s, London in the 60s and India in the 70s. She was friends with Franz Klein, Bill de Kooning, Truman Capote, Terry Southern, Mati Klarwein & many other wild & woolly people.
In the heart of Greenwich Village, New York City at 1:20 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, 1969 eight New York City police raided a gay bar, the Stonewall Inn
(later deemed a National Historic Landmark
). "As the police raided the bar, a crowd of four hundred patrons gathered on the street outside and watched the officers arrest the bartender, the doorman, and a few drag queens [see: police arrest reports
]. The crowd, which eventually grew to an estimated 2,000 strong, was fed up."*
Thus began three days of rioting
and the advent of the modern gay rights movement. In honor of the Stonewall Riots, many gay pride
celebrations around the world are held during the month of June, including this week(end)'s NYC Pride
, celebrating 40 years of Stonewall's impact on seeking to bring civil rights to all, including the LGBT community. Happy Pride
! [more inside]