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Hackney, Kansas & Mid-West Dreams: Elissa Cray Exhibition Opening
November 15 @ 19:00 - 21:00Free
Join us for the opening of a new photography exhibition from Elissa Cray.
Hackney, Kansas & Mid-West Dreams documents the small towns and monumental structures that once defined industrial America and secretly shaped the development of 20th Century architecture.
Grain storage elevators, built first in wood, then steel and finally concrete sprung up in most small towns along the new railways of North America at the start of the last century and more than one hundred years on they are still among the most imposing monuments put up by engineers. In 1913 Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus, compared these icons of functional design to the majestic “building work of the ancient Egyptians”
Photographer, Elissa Cray drove the vast, flat landscapes of the Mid West in the summer of 2019 in search of these structures that once influenced architects Gropius and Le Corbusier leading them to become an unlikely inspiration for European modernity.
Journeying though the quiet townships including Hackney, Kansas (Population: 40) she discovered diminishing communities alongside the structures. The elevators, both disused and still in service, tower over nearby single-story houses, enduring as symbols of vanished prosperity.