In 2013, New Albany marks the bicentennial of the founding of the city by brothers Joel, Abner and Nathaniel Scribner. The Bicentennial Celebration, “By the River’s Edge,” explores 200 years of New Albany’s history, highlighting such items as the founding of the city, fashions and entertainment through the years, famous people and events, and the culture and spaces that make our city unique. At the Carnegie Center for Art & History, we have celebrated the bicentennial in multiple ways in an effort to present varying perspectives on our history and this momentous occasion. In 2010, we began the New Albany Public Art Project: Bicentennial Series. This project places artworks outside around New Albany’s downtown that interpret themes from our history through the eyes of contemporary artists. The community has enjoyed art installations about the Ohio River; Industry & Agriculture; Home & Community Life; and Art, Culture & Entertainment. We began 2013 with “The Artists of the Wonderland Way,” an exhibition that tells of New Albany’s history as an artistically rich community. It celebrated the artists who documented and enjoyed the landscape and community of New Albany in the early twentieth century
As the bicentennial year comes to an end, our attention turns to New Albany today and the future of our community. The exhibition Of Place presents artworks by Tiffany Carbonneau and David Modica, two contemporary New Albany artists that speak to their experiences of living here today. Their different perspectives influence their points-of-view on the city—one is a longtime resident, the other recently moved here. They both work in relatively new art media—one with photography, the other with video. The combination of their approaches also connects to a theme that finds its way into most discussions about place and culture today, namely the relationship between local and global experiences and societal issues. David Modica’s photographs explore the stories, characters and places that a resident gets to know intimately when he interacts with the community. He gives us a glimpse of multiple perspectives and experiences that individuals have of our community on a daily basis. Meanwhile, the videos of Tiffany Carbonneau place New Albany in a global context as a mid-sized city located on a major waterway. Her documentations of similar places around the world strive to show us just how similar our local experience is to that of others around the world.
Opening Reception: Friday, October 18th, 6-8pm, Music by the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Quartet
Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5:30pm. Admission Free.
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