A Shadow Cast: Interstate 81

August 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am
August 25, 2019 @ 5:45 pm

FREE and open to the public!

Shane Lavalette photographs with a quiet urgency that considers the implications of urban planning decisions surrounding I-81, the voices of those affected in the process, the economic and racial divides shaped by the inherent politics of architecture, and the search for connectedness and hope that is present nonetheless. 

Exhibited alongside Lavalette's recent work are photographs that the artist selected by Marjory W. Wilkins (1929-2011), who spent her lifetime photographing in Syracuse. Wilkins' pictures of the 15th Ward, taken as early as the 1940s, remain important documents of the vibrant and thriving African-American neighborhood of the time.

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) will exhibit hundreds of archived documents during the construction of Interstate 81 and the destruction of a neighborhood. The NYCLU will be calling participants to actions to support efforts of ensuring the process is equitable.

During the week of the exhibition, a series of NYCLU sponsored events include an opening reception, a film screening, a panel discussion, and closing remarks.