A Gallery Pops Up

Arthur Rothstein’s “Wasatch Mountains,“ Summit County, Utah, 1940.
Andreas Feininger’s “Bingham Mine, brakeman of an ore train at the open-pit mining operation of Utah Copper Company,“ Bingham Canyon, Utah, 1942.

Art for Uncertain Times

For now, Center Gallery is staging new art exhibitions every couple of months. After the Utah photo show, next will be contemporary art created during the pandemic. Siloed: Art for Uncertain Times will run October 15–January 5, featuring work drawn from a global call for proposals — including photography, art, poetry, film, music, drama, and dance — reflecting themes ranging from the pandemic and lockdown to civil unrest over social justice.

Art for Uncertain Times includes images by Jeffrey Butler from his 2020 series The Lost Months of Brooklyn. From left: “Fast Fashion” and “Tired.”
Russell Lee’s “Three little Mormon girls with candy,” Mendon, Utah, 1940.
Two images by Dorthea Lange: “Post office and postmistress, Widtsoe, Utah, 1936; “The church in the center of town (Mormon),“ Escalante, Utah, 1936.

Expanse and Isolation

“In Utah you have this place that was super-isolated by design,” Nelson says. “It’s like the Mormon crowd was in a silo. They didn’t want anything to do with the outside world because of their previous experience, as being beleaguered and ridiculed people in the northeast and midwest, so they went there to find peace in the desert. As a consequence much of America didn’t know anything about them. Imagine if you’re one of these photographers assigned to go there: You’re a little skeptical — who are these people? — and they’ve never had somebody from the government in their house.

Ansel Adams’s “Rock Formation against Dark Sky,” Zion National Park, Utah, 1941.

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Jack Crager

Jack Crager

Jack Crager is a writer and editor based in New York City (jackcrager.com).