M A R I S A S C H E I N F E L D
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Marisa Scheinfeld’s large format color photographs chronicle the transformed “Borscht Belt” region in Sullivan County, NY. Just outside New York City this region was internationally known for its food, recreation, and entertainment; a haven for thousands of mostly Jewish tourists who vacationed in the “mountains”. At its peak more than five hundred year-round hotels and fifty thousand bungalows were in operation, offering the American Dream with a sense of style and glitz. Scheinfeld’s work uncovers both relic and ruin revealing the now entropic and ghost-like remains of the resort region. In this series the artist addresses the persistence of time, growth, the flowering, and the exhaustion of things, and the subsequent regeneration; a metaphor for life cycle itself.
Scheinfeld has an MFA from San Diego State University. Many publications have featured Scheinfeld’s work including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Hadassah Magazine. She is a frequent guest lecturer and her photographs have been exhibited widely throughout the United Sates. Her book The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland, Cornell University Press is due out in the fall of 2016.