Carrie Furnaces: Contemporary Views August 2-24, 2013

Carrie Furnaces: Contemporary Views
Silver Eye Center for Photography
Opening: Friday, August 2, 2013
Show runs through August 24

Photograph by Hyla Urbany

Photograph by Hyla Urbany

Carrie Furnaces: Contemporary Views is a collaborative exhibition curated from an open call for entries of images taken at the historic blast furnace site located in Rankin, PA.

“The Carrie Furnaces have functioned as an urban playground and aesthetic wonder” since they were taken off line in 1978, said Ron Baraff, Director of Musuem Collections and Archives, Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. “They have attained National Historical Landmark status, have been honored for their industrial might and successes, and are a beacon of tourism, hope, and economic revitalization for the Monongahela Valley and beyond. Their scope and majesty define the strength and character of our region as we move into the future.”

Today, the Carrie Furnaces lend themselves perfectly to photography with their various textures, constantly changing colors, hidden crevices, and a nostalgic feel of history frozen in time. Graffiti and rusted steel run rampant through the site, adding to the splendor and agedness of this otherwise desolate place.

This exhibition of both digital and analog work consists of 51 photographs from 32 artists.

Among the 32 artists selected for the show are 9 AgWorks members: Ohad Cadji; Ellen Bjerklie Hanna; Jessica Kalmar; Jay Kapadia;  Mandy Kendall;  Dale Lazar;  Michael Novara; John H. Schurman; and Hyla Urbany.

The exhibition’s curators are Jen Rokoski, Silver Eye Center for Photography; Lori Hepner, Associate Professor of Integrative Arts, Penn State University, Greater Allegheny Campus; and Ron Baraff, Director of Museum Collections and Archives, Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. The exhibition is co-presented with Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.

For more information about the Carrie Furnaces: Contemporary Views show, please visit the Silver Eye website. For more information on the Carrie Furnaces or the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, please visit their website.

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