Mar 7th 2017

Mining Pictures: Stories from Above and Below Ground

@ Block Museum of Art

40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

Opening Tuesday, March 7th, from 4 PM - 5:30 PM

On view through Sunday, April 2nd

Join Block Fellow Talia Shabtay for a closer look at her exhibition Mining Pictures, examining images of the mining industry and the cultural construction of visual stories depicting workers and labor.

Mining Pictures: Stories from Above and Below Ground looks at ways artists and other image makers construct narratives about industry. The exhibition features artworks and documents of mining, and the complex networks of power, technology, and family and labor relations that keep this industry in motion. In bringing these works together, Mining Pictures seeks to illuminate the representational tropes of scientific progress and human sentiment and expose the constructed quality of the visual stories about industry. The exhibition spotlights the mining photography of Bruce Davidson and W. Eugene Smith, and sets their work in conversation with prints, drawings, and photographs from the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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