Jeffrey Wolin’s Pigeon Hill: Then and Now opens tonight

Jeffrey Wolin’s exhibition, Pigeon Hill: Then & Now, opens tonight, January 10 from 5:00-8:00pm. Jeffrey Wolin will be present at the opening along with a few of the people featured in the photographs.

Pigeon Hill: Then & Now features many people Wolin worked with from 1987-91. Through Internet searches, word of mouth and visits to the housing complex, Wolin found dozens of people who posed for him when they were young. Now adults, Wolin showed them the original photograph, and asked them to recall that day, and reflect upon how their lives have changed. These memories are written directly on the photograph, and are presented as a diptych alongside a recent portrait Wolin made, with accompanying text.

Pigeon Hill: Then & Now poses questions about how we understand a person’s past through present day portraiture; how the passing of time allows us to look back on our past with greater clarity and honesty; and the resilience and vulnerability expressed when people are confronted by the lens of a camera. Wolin creates collaborative works that say as much about the people depicted as the society in which they live.

We hope you will join us tonight for the opening and tomorrow at Noon for Jeffrey Wolin’s artist talk in the gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

Kevin after he was shot, Pigeon Hill / Kevin with scars, Pigeon Hill, (1988/2013), (2013)
Wendi on Illinois Circle, Pigeon Hill / Wendi at Lyons Raceway , (1990/2013), (2013)