Curated by Yeshiva University Museum and Marisa Scheinfeld, The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland is available as a traveling exhibition. The exhibition is ready to install and exists of thirty (25” x 35” in size) custom framed images including two re-photographic project (diptych) pieces and a large selection of Borscht Belt ephemera for display in a case. This exhibition is accompanied by text panels, docent materials and promotional postcards.
At Yeshiva University Museum at The Center for Jewish History the exhibit was comprised of 25 large-scale photographs. At the Yiddish Book Center, the exhibition was comprised of 17 works. Overall, the exhibition can be tailored to each venue and curator's vision.
For more information about the book, visit its official website at www.borschtbeltbook.com. On October 4, 2016, a book of the entire series was released by Cornell University Press. Marisa is also available for book talks and signings.
"These photographs portray an almost casual apocalypse. These images are affectionate without being nostalgic. The wreckage they show is almost lush with new growth. And while they really can’t compete with history’s vast iconography of ruin, their effect is unusual: The landscape of abandonment still retains signs of vitality — and we’re aware of the remarkable impact that this vitality had on American popular culture." - Edward Rothstein for The New York Times
"Her exhibit takes us claustrophobically close to the skeletal remains of the Catskills’ golden age. The show is haunted by the detritus of what once was: the missing people, the abandoned activities, the desolate places that at one time buzzed with life. Hallways are bruised and broken, strewn with crumbling plaster and fallen insulation. Wires hang from ceilings, graffiti covers the walls, moss grows over floors and up stairs. In a guestroom at the Tamarack Lodge, a pale pink rotary phone sits on a bare mattress, the receiver off the hook. And yet Scheinfeld’s photography shows that these broken hotels are very much alive." - Abigail Jones for Newsweek.