Downtown’s mid-1800s Arcade, which was recently given a serious renovation and finally has some more tenants, was given a serious boost this week when the Bridgeport Arts and Cultural Council started mounted its Urban Essence exhibit. The show opens with a reception 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10.
Curated by Janine Brown and Thomas Mezzanotte, FAC’s artist of the year, the BACC office space is filled with contemporary photos of today’s Bridgeport. The photos are beautiful without being sentimental, celebrating the city’s toughness and grit and not flinching from despair and detachment.
You will see work by Jeff Becker, Michelle Beaulieu, Keyvan Behpour, Sean Corbett, Pamela Einarsen, E Fitz Smith (that’s her work above), Erik Hup, Bernd Krauss, Jesse Neider, Morgaine Pauker and Larry Silver. It’s a very strong grouping.
And in the hallway leading to Main Street, the walls are lined with beautiful framed photos depicting downtown life in the early- and mid-20th century. Some buildings are familiar, some are gone for good. The the life that’s depicted is of a vanished world. The exhibit is a celebration of the Bridgeport Public Library History Center‘s 75th anniversary, kept alive and new by fellow blogger Mary Witkowski.
All this will be officially unveiled in two weeks, but a sneak peak is always possible if you’re downtown during the day.