WHAT IS COWBOY MOUTH?
One evening in 1971, Sam Shepard and Patti Smith holed up in Smith’s bedroom at the now-infamous Hotel Chelsea and began a collaborative work inspired by both the storied locale and their own tumultuous relationship. The result was Cowboy Mouth, a play about two young artists both driven and tortured by an insatiable hunger to create. Today, young creatives still take inspiration from The Chelsea – the locus of some of the most important musical and artistic works of the 20th century.
A groundbreaking union of the visual and performed arts positioned in a pivotal moment in Hotel Chelsea’s own history, Cowboy Mouth: Young Artists at The Chelsea is built around Shepard and Smith’s dark yet triumphantly quirky short play. At once paying homage to the work of Smith, Shepard and their peers while decisively looking to the future, Cowboy Mouth is slated to be the first in a recurring festival of new artistic explorations both presented at and inspired by the iconic Hotel Chelsea.