Lynn Hershman Leeson

The Dante Hotel


In this site-specific installation, which existed from November 30, 1973, to August 31, 1974, Hershman Leeson staged the occupation of a room in a rundown hotel in the North Beach area of San Francisco. Traces of use, such as cosmetics and clothing, were on view along with two life-size dolls installed in the bed. Sounds of breathing, emitted from a hidden tape player, created the impression that the pair were simply asleep. A radio played local news and pink and yellow light bulbs contributed to the ambiance. Potential visitors learned about the installation through newspaper ads placed by the artist.

Advertisement for The Dante Hotel

Advertisement for The Dante Hotel, 1973, newspaper clipping, 17.8 x 7.6 cm