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The Chelsea Hotel tonight in SoHo

The Chelsea Hotel in Words and Pictures
7pm 2 June 2008
McNally Robinson - 52 Prince St New York, NY

In a city as obsessed with its own claims to an authentic, towering importance in 20th century cultural life as with a cynical emphasis on that authenticity's dispersal by the stolid grip of capital and the constant influx of would-be denizens, a few landmarks dot the city's map like fissures to an authentic bedrock somehow obscured with the passage into the new Millennium. Tonight at McNally & Robinson in SoHo, author Ed Hamilton and photographer Julie Calfee present The Chelsea Hotel in Words and Pictures, a presentation on one such historic 23rd street residence to artists both renown and . Hamilton's recently published Legends of the Chelsea Hotel, provides a kind of pop history of the site focused especially on the past 10 or 15 years. Calfee's recent book meanwhile, Inside: The Chelsea Hotel collects four years worth of photography and writing. The presentation at MR will consist of a slide show, discussion, and singing.