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"Margaret Morton: The Tunnel"
2001-03-09 until 2001-05-20
Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art
USA United States of America
This exhibition features a powerful series of photographs that expose the day to day lives of those people who make the New York City subway tunnels their home. One of the oldest surviving homeless communities in New York City has been hidden from public view in underground train tunnels for more than two decades.
Residents dwell in continual darkness, constructing homes of cinder-block bunkers and freestanding hand-made structures in alcoves and on ledges. With sensitivity and compassion, Margaret Morton has chronicled the lives and living spaces of the tunnelís residents through dramatic photographs and first-hand oral histories.
Photographs from this project have been exhibited throughout the United States as well as Canada, Austria, Germany and Korea, but this will be the first time all the images from Mortonís
book The Tunnel: The Underground Homeless of New York City will be assembled in a single exhibition.
MARGARET MORTON is a documentary photographer who lives in New York City and a professor at The Cooper Union School of Art. Since 1989, she has documented the dwellings that homeless individuals create for themselves in public parks, vacant lots, along the waterfronts and beneath the streets of New York City. She has published three books: Transitory Gardens, Uprooted Lives (co-authored with Diana Balmori, Yale University Press, 1993) and The Tunnel: The Underground Homeless of New York City (Yale University Press, 1995; Schirmer/Mosel, Germany, 1996). She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kent State University, Honors in Art and her Master of Fine Arts from Yale University School of Art, Ward Cheney Award.