Farewell to Soho, 1967-2004
Courtesy of Jonas Mekas Studio ©
Farewell to Soho consists of a quartet of videos which is my declaration of love to Soho and also my Farewell to it. In 1967 I was the founding member of the first Soho co-operative building created by George Maciunas, the father of Soho, on 80 Wooster Street. These four videos – they can be viewed individually or as an installation on four monitors – give glimpses of how Soho looked in its early years and how it changed; how through the years it changed from the artists’ utopia into a business utopia. At the same time this video quartet is my elegy to Soho – its lofts, its streets, people, and to George himself who created this dream that radically transformed downtown New York, that lasted for a while, and then it was gone, I mean, it became just another part of the city called New York. I moved out of Soho on January 15. 2004.
– J. M.
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