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THE BORSCHT BELT: REVISITING THE REMAINS OF AMERICA'S JEWISH VACATIONLAND -- PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARISA SCHEINFELD. Stefan Kanfer and Jenna Weissman Joselit. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 2016. 198 pp. with 166 ills. (159 col.) and 135 col. reference ills. 21 x 26 cm. LC 2016-6302 ISBN 9781501700590 In English.
Publisher's description: Today the Borscht Belt is recalled through the nostalgic lens of summer swims, Saturday night dances, and comedy performances. But its current state, like that of many other formerly glorious regions, is nothing like its earlier status. Forgotten about and exhausted, much of its structural environment has been left to decay. The Borscht Belt, which features essays by Stefan Kanfer and Jenna Weissman Joselit, presents Marisa Scheinfeld's photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. The book assembles images Scheinfeld has shot inside and outside locations that once buzzed with life as year-round havens for generations of people. Some of the structures have been lying abandoned for periods ranging from four to twenty years, depending on the specific hotel or bungalow colony and the conditions under which it closed. Other sites have since been demolished or repurposed, making this book an even more significant documentation of a pivotal era in American Jewish history. The Borscht Belt presents a contemporary view of more than forty hotel and bungalow sites.
Artist(s):Scheinfeld, Marisa
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-2000 — Photography — Women Artists
Plans: 71,55
Worldwide Number: 174965
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