Vision for a Relic
Photographing the Degenerative Beauty of
Holyoke’s Historic Grand Dam; the Victory Theatre
July 30 through Sept. 13, 2012
Reception Thursday Sept. 6th, 5:30 -7:30 pm
In cooperation with the Massachusetts International Festival of Arts (MIFA), the Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College presents a beautiful new installation exhibiting recent photographs and old memorabilia gleaned from the “Pictory Theatre” fund raiser held last spring in downtown Holyoke. This “second showing” is a chance to see the work anew and show support for MIFA’s vision to restore the theatre to it’s once stately prominence. For the original event “Pictory Theatre,” 38 photographers from around the world were invited to take photos of the Victory Theatre’s interior that has been closed since 1979. The opportunity to access, explore, and photograph this fine piece of urban archaeology came with only one condition: that each photographer donate an original print to help raise money for the restoration and reopening of the Victory Theatre. Rob Rea, a local photographer, was the coordinator who invited the participants. Now, with a new carefully crafted installation and context, the Taber Art Gallery is pleased to extend the opportunity to make this work available to view (and support the Victory) again.