“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


Viki Khuzami


— 2001 Acrylic on canvas —

Bohemorama Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 25, 2015
1. Bohemorama Marker
This painting is dedicated to all aspiring dreamers, outcasts, and gypsies drawn to Greenwich Village life.

“The mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time.”
On the Road…..Jack Kerouac

Vicki Khuzami

1. Edgar Allen Poe 2. Edward Albee 3. Jack Kerouac 4. Edna St. Vincent Millay 5. Willian S. Burrows 6. Allen Ginsberg 7. James Baldwin 8. Mark Twain
9. Elaine deKooning 10. Willem deKooning 11. Edie Sedgewick 12. Andy Warhol 13. John Sloan 14. Jackson Pollack 15. Lee Krasner 16. Mark Rothko 17. Marcel Duchamp
18. Charlie Parker 19. Billie Holiday 20. Miles Davis 21. Patti Smith 22. Thelonious Monk 23. Joan Baez 24. Bob Dylan 25. Woody Guthrie

You won’t be alone when you sit outside lunching on your sushi or salad bar delights.
Not with the likes of Thelonious Monk, Jackson Pollock or Edgar Allen Poe poised just a few feet away!

Commissioned by MortonWilliams Supermarket, this spectacular acrylic on canvas mural titled “Bohemorama” was designed and executed by
"Bohemorama" at the MortonWilliams at 130 Bleeker Street image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 14, 2019
2. "Bohemorama" at the MortonWilliams at 130 Bleeker Street
neighborhood resident Vicki Khuzami. No stranger to the art world, during the last 15 years Khuzami has painted over 50 murals, from the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C., to Tibet House and the Botanical Gardens here in New York, and several in Japan, including Disneyland, Tokyo.

Bohemorama is divided into three sections: one featuring writers, another, artists, and the third, musicians. Defying chronology but not geography, Khuzami has chosen to depict her subjects in most cases, prior to their notoriety and success, focusing instead on their connections to each other’s work, and the environment of Greenwich Village. They were all artistic geniuses, many grappling with addictions, poverty and homosexuality forced into the closet by an uncompromising society. Greenwich Village was the only place they could live the lived they needed to live.

See Albee clutching a glass of wine? (Remember the alcoholic protagonist of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?) Notice the drinks, cigarettes and marijuana joint on the table. Can you spot a young Ginsberg, looking admiringly at Jack Kerouac whose work Ginsberg later promoted? Look carefully and you will see Kerouac’s words: “The mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time.”

Move on to the artists panel. There is John Sloan,
"Bohemorama" image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 25, 2015
3. "Bohemorama"
holdover from the School or Realism, with his hand on his chin, surrounded by artistic expressionists. See Willem deKooning and his wife Elaine? Behind them is Edie Sedgwick, artistic muse for Andy Warhol, who is holding polaroid portraits of people he will immortalize in his works. Behind him is Jackson Pollock, holding a bottle of beer, and Lee Krasner, his long suffering artistic wife. The splatters of paint on his T-shirt reflect his artistic style. They’re sitting with intellectual surrealist Marcel Duchamp who is challenging Pollack to play a game of chess. (What’s Greenwich Village without a chess game?)

Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk sit with instruments and sheet music, working out a tune. Billie Holiday is there too, looking warmly at Woodie Guthrie, lipstick on her wineglass. Poet and musician Patti Smith sits beside her, with an arm on Holiday’s shoulder. See her “Free Tibet” button (an anachronistic touch); in front of her, she is jotting down the words to her song “Power to the People.” Next to Patti is Joan Baez. Bob Dylan, guitar in hand, looks up at his idol and our folk hero Woodie Guthrie, eyes cast upward, searching for words to a new song.

”Of all the murals I have ever done, “Bohemorama” is a favorite, since the subject matter was infinitely inspiring, especially during these times
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of excess when the importance of the ‘bohemian’ artist’s contributions to society appears to be in question”
says Khuzami. “I have tried to express the creativity, struggle and overcoming of obstacles that are the common bond for these renegades who were trailblazers for so many others.”
Location. 40° 43.668′ N, 73° 59.923′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Bleeker Street near LaGuardia Place, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 Bleecker St, New York NY 10012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bitter End (within shouting distance of this marker); Chaim Gross (1904-1991) (within shouting distance of this marker); Fiorello La Guardia Statue (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Time Landscape (about 400 feet away); The Varèse House (about 600 feet away); The Church of Saint Alphonsus (about 700 feet away); Founders Memorial (about 700 feet away); NYU Community Memorial (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 7, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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