Photographs by Andrew Moore on View at the Akron Art Museum
June 5 – October 10, 2010
What happens when a city collapses and nature takes over? The majesty and tragedy of Detroit are displayed in Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore, organized by the Akron Art Museum and making its world debut in Akron June 5 – October 10, 2010.
“Moore’s photographs of the Motor City are sublime – beautiful, operatic in scale and drama, tragic yet offering a glimmer of hope,” says the museum’s Director of Curatorial Affairs Barbara Tannenbaum, who organized the exhibition. “Although it is hard to believe that his post-apocalyptic scenes reflect present day America, the artist has been scrupulously honest.”
Detroit, once the nation’s fourth largest city and the epitome of our industrial wealth and might, has been in decline for almost a half-century. The city is now one-third empty land – more abandoned property than any American city except post-Katrina New Orleans. As Americans travel to Europe and Mexico to view the remains of long-gone civilizations, Europeans have in turn started visiting Detroit to see its ruins.
About the Artist
Born in Old Greenwich, Connecticut in 1957, Moore currently lives in New York. His large format photography has been widely exhibited and is represented in numerous museum collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Canadian Centre for Architecture and Israel Museum. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, New York State Council on the Arts and Judith Rothschild Foundation. His film How to Draw a Bunny won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Moore’s previous books include Inside Havana (2002), Governors Island (2005) and Russia: Beyond Utopia (2005).
Exhibition Related Events
“Urban/Arctic: Choose Your Adventure” Opening Party
Friday, June 4, 7 – 9 pm
Opening party for both the Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore and Arctic Re-visions: Isaace Julien’s True North exhibitions. Free for members. Tickets available at the door: $10 for non-members, $6 for Western Reserve PBS members. For more information call 330.376.9186 x222.
ArtTalks@Dusk: 7:30 – 7:45 pm (during Downtown@Dusk)
Free in the museum’s Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium
* Thursday, June 24 – The Accidental Aesthetics of Urban Decline
Terry Schwarz, interim director of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and founder of Pop Up City Cleveland
* Thursday, July 1 – Ruined Nation: Photographing Abandoned Buildings in Northeast Ohio
Carissa Russell, graphic designer and photographer
* Thursday, July 8 – Living with Detroit: An All-Purpose Guide to American Forgetting
Jerry Herron, Dean of Irvin D. Reid Honors College, Wayne State University
* Thursday, July 15 – Loveland: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Detroit Micro Real Estate…But Were too Afraid to Ask, Jerry Paffendorf, Loveland CEO
* Thursday, July 22 – Can Art Save Detroit?
Barbara Tannenbaum, director of curatorial affairs at the Akron Art Museum
Artist Talk: Andrew Moore
Thursday, September 16, 6:30 pm
Moore will give a free lecture about his decorated career and recent Detroit photographs during this free lecture in the Akron Art Museum’s Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium on Thursday, September 16 at 6:30 pm. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call 330.376.9186 x230.