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Exhibition On View: Detroit is No Dry Bones: The Eternal City of the Industrial Age

December 4, 2014 – January 11, 2015 - Liberty Gallery

Please note: The exhibition will open on Thursday, December 4 but there will be no opening event. Join us on Friday, January 9 for a panel discussion moderated by Robert Fishman.

Photographs of Detroit by Camilo Jose Vergara, a packaged exhibition organized by the artist. He is a Chilean-born, New York-based writer, photographer and documentarian. Vergara has been compared to Jacob Riis for his photographic documentation of American slums and decaying urban environments. Beginning in the 1980s, Vergara applied the technique of “rephotography” to a series of American cities, photographing the same buildings and neighborhoods from the exact vantage point at regular intervals over many years to capture changes over time. Trained as a sociologist with a specialty in urbanism, Vergara turned to his systematic documentation at a moment of urban decay and he chose locales where that stress seemed highest: the housing projects of Chicago; the South Bronx; Camden, New Jersey; and Detroit, among others. View the photo essay.