James Mellon, Dorothy and Chaim Koppelman at 498 Broome Steet in 1974. Photo by Louis Dienes, courtesy of Soho Memory Project.
Looking south down Greene Street, New York, from a loft’s fire escape, 1971. Photo by Eric Cashdan.
Interior view of a loft with a drawing table, indoor garden, and a window looking east down Broome Street, New York, circa 1971. Photo by Eric Cashdan.
Lofts and location shaped the art of the period
Gallery Goers At 420 West Broadway In Soho. Photo by Allan Tannenbaum, via Getty Images.
Interior view of a loft’s north wall with untaped sheetrock, a cat on chair, an old drawing table used as ‘kitchen’ table, and art, 1970. Photo by Eric Cashdan.
AIR sign on loft building signifying legal artists in residence, New York, New York, February 13, 1981. Photo by Allan Tannenbaum, via Getty Images.
Interior view of a loft in construction, with a stack of sheetrock and a ladder, 1970. Photo by Eric Cashdan.
The Loft Law provides a unique path
Gordon Matta-Clark, Graffiti Photoglyph, 1973 at 112 Greene Street. Courtesy of The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark and David Zwirner, New York/London.
Suzanne Harris, Flying Machine, 1973. Courtesy of David Zwirner Books and Jene Highstein.