Recently opened and on view through August 5th, Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art presents NYC July 4, 1981: Photographs by Tom Arndt.
Documentary images picture a place at a moment; the best work of the genre give life to the event with a critical perspective. Minnesota-based photographer Tom Arndt described the experience of approaching New York’s Little Italy and Chinatown 1981 Independence Day celebrations as entering a “wall of sound.” In the dark evening rain, without icons of the national anniversary, Arndt’s images picture the balance of trouble and triumph. Are we viewing the aftermath of protests, raids or war, rather than the revelry of independence? With dark silhouettes framed by smoke and crowds cowering from explosive shooting sparks, this is gritty freedom.
Dates June 6 – August 5, 2012
Time Gallery hours
- Monday to Saturday: 10am – 4:30pm
- Thursday: 10am – 8pm
- Sunday: Noon – 5pm
- Admission is free.
Location Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University
13th and Clybourn
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Jen Dolen, Photography & New Media intern