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Paradise Lost: Googie & Modernism in The Catskills

The resorts of the Catskill Mountains or ‘Borscht Belt' offered a glamorous summer haven during the 20th century. Explore this hidden midcentury modern wonderland with photographer Isaac Jeffreys.

$15 (1 hr)

Category: Presentation, Talk, CAMP Theater

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New York's Catskill Mountains, once the top vacation destination in the country, boasted over 500 hotels/resorts and thousands of bungalows, just 90 miles from Manhattan. Predating Las Vegas, the resorts influenced the positive, transformative growth of America societally, culturally, and artistically, whilst fostering a sense of belonging for groups of people, predominantly east coast American Jews, who were otherwise barred from vacationing elsewhere in the country.

Heavily inspired by the vibrancy of Los Angeles, Miami, and Palm Springs, prominent architects like Morris Lapidus were employed to create some of the Catskills’ grandest resorts, and for a time, the Borscht Belt, as the area became known, rivaled New York and Los Angeles as a destination for headline entertainment and boundary pushing comedy.  

Inspired by the peak of the resort era in midcentury, and its untimely demise, Isaac Jeffreys sought out to create photographs that reflected the artifice of the past through highly staged, meticulously lit night photography of the midcentury remnants of the era in the present day. This talk will bring the audience through a unique moment in time, with previously unseen images from the famed era of celebrities, under-recognized architecture, as well as contemporary photos, followed by a short Q&A.

You can find more information on Isaac's work at or on his Instagram. In addition, he serves as the Visual Coordinator for The Borscht Belt Historical Marker Project, which is creating a comprehensive marker system that traverses the Catskill region along with an array of public programming and educational materials. 


Things to Know
This event is for 
12 and older.
Ample free public parking is available.
Enter underground parking at Hyatt on Palm Canyon Drive or in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location
Modernism Week Theater At CAMP
Hyatt Palm Springs
285 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits:  Steingart Associates –  Issac Jeffreys – Collection of Isaac Jeffreys

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