In the fall of 1956, Elliot began renting on small studio on Morton St in New York City’s West Village. He lived there alone and, unlike the rest of the townhouse, the unit’s interior went unchanged – his 63-year hermetic occupancy preserved the crumbling plaster, parquet floors and cast iron sinks.

Now, the apartment is being prepared for renovation  and will soon be integrated with the duplex below.   

Occupying a one week latency – between the studio’s vacant-but-not-quite-empty state and the Department of Building’s approval of demolition permits – Christine Giorgio and Amelyn Ng acquired access and invited several musicians, architects, writers and actors to create work responding to the space, its recently departed tenant and the building’s history.

Over three days in June, the studio apartment was occupied once more to trace, commemorate and document this pre-demolition moment in time.

Three Days at 50 Morton St
Studio, Salon, Exhibition
June 12 - 14, 2019

Co-curator: Amelyn Ng

360 Documentation: Brad Kimbrough
Written Documentation: Valentina Angelucci

Works and Artists

Goodbye to Goodbye to All That
Thomas de Monchaux, as read by Erinn Ruth

Brick Screen
Jesse McCormick ande Khoi Nguyen

Live Mixing
Rowan Spencer

A Projection and Reading
Thuto Durkac-Somo

A Reading
Vikram Divecha

The Greatest Actor Who Ever Lived Here
Written by Beanie Barnes, as performed by Rueben Barksy

Traces of Living (an ongoing archive)
Maria Linares

A Chair
Ryan Sison

A Cut and a Sculpture
Stephan van Eeden

Life, Durational
Zoe KN

A Painting
Juan Pablo Uribe

Debussy on ?? on Debussy on East Broadway
Erinn Ruth

Christine Giorgio

Demolition Re-drawing (and other sketches)
Amelyn Ng