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Greg Pond and Amy Johnson exhibition

Amy Johnson-Without From Within

 

Without From Within

A Look into Patten Towers
 
October 10 - 30
Opening Reception and discussion with the artists 3:00 PM, Saturday October 10. 
 
Carlos Gallery
Nabit Art Building
The University of the South
105 Kennerly Rd. 
Sewanee, TN 37375
 
Greg Pond, professor of art, and Amy Johnson, Sewanee class of 2008 and current MFA candidate at the University of New Mexico, received a grant from the MakeWork Foundation to work with the community of Patten Towers, a Section 8 housing community located in the center of Chattanooga. 
 
This project has been ongoing since January of 2014. The exhibition at Sewanee is the first presentation of a project that comprises hundreds of photographs, videos, texts and other documents created by all who are involved.
 
The construction of the celebrated Hotel Patten (1908) signified local
economic progress in its time. Its changes mirrored the city’s later
fortunes. Recently, the building has been subject to scrutiny and
debate, especially after the fire in 2013. There have been tremendous misunderstandings about
this unique community within the redeveloping urban core. Chattanooga
is becoming a model city for the 21st century and Patten Towers is at a
pivotal point, geographically and historically. The histories of the
city and building are now divergent. The building's and residents' futures seem
uncertain. The intent of the project is to dispel misconceptions about those who call it
home, raising questions about what progress means to urban revival. 
 
Please join us for a discussion and reception on Saturday, October 10 at 3:00 PM in the Carlos Gallery to inaugurate the first public presentation of this project.