Joan Linder, Operation Sunshine Artist Lecture | Albright College
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Joan Linder, Operation Sunshine Artist Lecture

January 25,4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The exhibition highlights Linder’s most recent body of work, which explores toxic waste sites in Buffalo, Tonawanda, and Niagara Falls, New York. Linder’s initial work focused on the Love Cana neighborhood along the Niagara River. During the 1940s, the Hooker Company dumped over 20,000 tons of toxic waste on this 36-square block locale. In 1978, the ill-health of its residents came to light, and subsequently, families were forced out of their homes and the community was demolished. Following a Superfund cleanup, what remains visible is a wasteland of grass-covered mounds surrounded by a chain-link fence. In the exhibition, the drawings expand to include radioactive waste sites in western New York that were a result of the Manhattan Project activity. Linder uses drawing to consider how history can get buried: as artifacts and chemicals in the ground, and as documents in the archive. The act of drawing becomes a way to slow down and pay attention anew to the damage and history that has become hidden in plain sight.

  • Artist Lecture, Thur., Jan. 25, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
  • Opening Reception, Thur., Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m.


January 25
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Klein Lecture Hall
13th and Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612 United States
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