150 Years ago a little known book, Philadelphia and its Manufactures, was published. It surveyed the factories and livelihood of the city, bringing to life local industry (from textiles to brewing). Celebrating that history, and exploring the “now” of the factories, Art in the Age presents Philadelphia and its Manufactures, 1859 & 2009 – an exhibition of photographs and objects tying together past and present. Curated by local artist and archivist Jacob Hellman, the exhibition is designed to review the factories and critique current materialism. The photographs and objects go on view this Friday.
Support is provided by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
More images follow.