Meryl Meisler was raised on Long Island, NY. Inspired by Diane Arbus and Jacques Henri Lartigue, Meisler studied photography with Cavalliere Ketchum at The University of Wisconsin, Madison, and in 1975 with Lisette Model in New York City. She photographed the infamous New York discos and a 1978 CETA Artist Grant supported her portfolio on Jewish identity. A public school artist for 31 years, Meisler has received support from Artists Space, CETA, China Institute, Japan Society, New York Foundation for the Arts, The Puffin Foundation, and Time-Warner. She has exhibited at the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum, Dia Art Foundation, MASS MoCA, New Museum for Contemporary Art, The Whitney Museum, and in numerous public spaces. Her work is in the collections of the American Jewish Congress, AT&T, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Brooklyn Historical Society, Columbia University, Emory University, Islip Art Museum, and the Library of Congress, and in artist book collections of Carnegie Melon, Centre Georges Pompidou, Chrysler Museum, MOMA, Metronome Library, and The Whitney. In 2010, Meisler began releasing previously unseen work, including two books, A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick (Bizarre, 2014), and Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City (Bizarre, 2015). Meisler lives in New York City. Steven Kasher Gallery represents her.
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