Worth a Thousand Words

This fabulous photo came to me recently from future guest post author, Dorothy Koppelman, who was an early SoHo pioneer.

In preparing a book proposal based on The SoHo Memory Project, I am looking for photographs that illustrate what our lives were like in the good ol’ days.   If you have any photos that you would like to include, please email them to sohomemory@gmail.com. If you do not have a scanner, please contact me, and I will arrange to have your image scanned.

In a few weeks, I will post our collective photo album.  Thanks for digging into your personal archives, and  I look forward to seeing your photos!

One Response to “Worth a Thousand Words”

  1. Barbara Buehler Says:

    I thought this blog was wonderful–so rich in the history of SoHo. How courageous the early artists there were; they put SoHo on the map, causing the City to create a new zoning designation in 1971 and paved the way for the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District in 1973. As a young city planner in the 1970s, I read a great deal about SoHo, but I did not have a sense of the people who lived there. This blog makes them real, as they scraped paint, put in stairs and floors, ate and worked–bringing a vibrancy to city blocks that was new. The large matter here is that Dorothy and Chaim Koppelman were among the early students of the noted American poet and critic Eli Siegel, founder of Aesthetic Realism, and saw the value of what Mr. Siegel explained–central to all art and the understanding of ourselves: “All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.” I had the good fortune begin to study this education in 1975. Later I had the chance to work with Dorothy Koppelman and her colleagues at the Terrain Gallery. I recently returned from Rome where I saw the exhibit of Chaim Koppelman at the Museo Napoleonico, “Napoleon Entering New York.” Dorothy and Chaim Koppelman were pioneers in SoHo, in the art world, and in seeing the value and meaning of Aesthetic Realism to every artist and every person.

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