The Chelsea

Doris Chase

1993, 60:00 minutes, colour


Doris Chases's The Chelsea explores a particular fulcrum between art and society. The Chelsea combines music, paintings, passages of literature, interviews and parties.

New York City's Chelsea Hotel is an important traditional and sometimes notorious haven for artists. Conceived as an artists cooperative it has always been a home to creative people... Mark Twain lived here. Dylan Thomas died here. Arthur Miller moved out. Sid killed Nancy. And Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Others who lived here through history: Sarah Bernhardt, William Burroughs, O. Henry, Thomas Wolfe, Virgil Thomson, Robert Flaherty, Jane Fonda, Bette Davis, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix.

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