Hoosier Lifelines: Environmental and Social Change Along the Monon, 1847-2020
Dates: August 6 – October 16, 2021
Events: Opening reception August 6th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
An artistic and historical exploration of Indiana’s changing environment along the remains of the historic Monon Railway, from the Ohio River’s banks to Lake Michigan’s dunes.
The Monon’s centrality to the state’s social and economic life was captured by its mid 20thcentury name, “The Hoosier Lifeline.” Today, trains gone and its tracks largely deserted, the Monon’s path serves as a foundation on which to build a new understanding of the interplay of landscapes, ecosystems, and communities across time and space. More than a reflection on a rail line, this show’s assembled photographs, artifacts, and historical narratives illuminate the long history of what scientists now call the Anthropecene-the age of humans-in Indiana. By bringing historical and artistic study to bear on industry, commerce, agriculture, and energy that Hoosiers built in the line 100+ years of service, the exhibition transports visitors to a new appreciation of a familiar place.