EXHIBITING SEP 24 - JAN 4
traveling exhibit from
CENTER FOR RAILROAD PHOTOGRAPHY AND ART
“On May 10 1869, two railroads built with haste, hope, and aspiration –joined in a lonely, dry desert of northern Utah, at a place called Promontory. At a small ceremony that day, dignitaries from both railroads –the Centeral Pacific, which had built from California, and the Union Pacific, which had built from the east- gave speeches and installed ceremonial last spikes… “After Promontory” is a traveling history exhibition that examines the significance and lasting impact of the transcontinental railroads on the American West.”
After Promontory is a traveling history exhibition that examines the significance and lasting impact of the transcontinental railroads on the American West. It is curated under the auspices of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, a non-profit arts education organization headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. After Promontory is the latest in a series of exhibits that explore varying interconnections between two of the most potent inventions of the Industrial Revolution, the photographic camera, and the railroad.
Launching in Spring 2019, After Promontory marks 150th anniversary of the beginning of this era. In compliment to many of the sesquicentennial exhibits and events planned through the West in 2019, After Promontory takes a far wider view, considering the events at Promontory to be the start of a larger phenomenon, an entire era of transcontinental railroad construction that stretched for nearly fifty years. At its core is the assertion that, collectively, the transcontinental railroads profoundly reshaped the human geography of the West, giving birth to the region we recognize today.
After Promontory’s literal and metaphorical lens on the transcontinental railroad boom is photography. Period photographs in the exhibit were made by some of the most accomplished photographers in the nation’s history, artists such as William Henry Jackson, Timothy H. O’Sullivan, and Carlton E. Watkins. These photographs were often created with the sponsorship of the railroads, whose leaders saw photography as a medium suitable for lobbying a distant population and distant political leaders on the need for public support and assistance. Also included in the exhibit is later photography from artists who have explored the lasting impact the railroads have had on the landscape, both to the benefit and the costs of the region. At stake in all of these images, both period and more contemporary, is not only the railroad itself as a subject, but how photographers of different eras, with different motivations and different sensibilities, have thought of the transcontinental railroads and their legacy.
Tuesday Through Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays & Mondays
DIETRICH AND SAUTTER, CPA'S
WALTER MISCHNICK CONTRACOTRS
Carnegie Arts Center
204 W 4th St
Alliance NE 69301
WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE NEBRASKA ARTS COUNCIL AND THE NEBRASKA CULTURAL ENDOWMENT