Thursday, June 26, 2008

Your Town, Inc by Julia Christensen @ Miller Gallery CMU Agust 29 2008

The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University presents "Your Town, Inc." by Julia Christensen August 29 through November 22.

The exhibition coincides with the release of Christensen's book Big Box Reuse on November 14. The exhibition will feature 80 photographs from the forthcoming book, which examines how communities are changing in the shadow of corporate real estate. Christensen, an author, artist, and researcher, has spent the past six years studying the "big box" mega-stores constructed by large multinational corporations such as Wal-Mart and K-Mart. Her exhibition explores how communities make use of the "big box" structures after they are abandoned by the corporations that built them.

As part of "Your Town, Inc.," Christensen will collaborate with students at Oberlin College and Carnegie Mellon to fabricate an architectural construction in response to the "big box" concept. The building will be made completely out of recycled materials and will be surrounded by a parking lot. Transportable, modular, and easily reusable, the "UnBox" will be used for creative and social uses, challenging the values and conventions of corporate retail.

The Miller Gallery is located in the Purnell Center for the Arts on Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh campus. The gallery, free and open to the public, is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday. Visit www.cmu.edu/millergallery for more information.



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