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A New Generation of Creative Minds are Bringing Art Back to the Chelsea Hotel

In 1971, punk icon Patti Smith and her then-boyfriend, the Pulitzer-winning playwright Sam Shepard, collaborated on a play called Cowboy Mouth while shacked up in their room at the Chelsea Hotel. During its heyday, the now-folkloric New York artistic institution once housed cultural icons from Smith and Shepard to Dylan and de Kooning, not to mention Debbie Harry, Madonna, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, countless Warhol muses, and Robert Mapplethorpe, whose romantic escapades and lifelong friendship with Smith (seen together, above) were given new, heart-stopping life in the latter's tender, terrific 2010 memoir Just Kids, set in and around the Chelsea.

Surreally impacted and vaguely impacted, Cowboy Mouth centered around the the creative struggles of two desperate, young artists at the dawn of the seventies, but has blasted back from the past with a new re-staging as part of an eponymous, ten-day series that seeks to bring back the sort of inspired, iconoclastic art that once burst through the walls of the now quietly-tenanted Hotel during its bygone era, with the help of a new, energized generation of young artists, actors, and musicians.

Cowboy Mouth: Young Artists at the Chelsea is an immersive three-part evening that finishes up its limited run this Saturday, June 20th. One of the most enticing features for those still fascinated by this landmark establishment and its legendary residents is a vintage photo exhibition featuring the work of the South African-born photographer Norman Seeff, who arrived in New York back in 1965 and went on to capture many of the icons who walked the Chelsea Hotel's storied halls.

Interested in reliving the electrifying glory days of New York's grimy, glittering, Greyhound era? Get your glad rags on and grab a ticket while you can.