Urban-Archives

This shot was taken on Halloween, October 31, 1977. There appears to be a headless grocery shopper strolling along Wayne Avenue in Germantown.


The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin staff would often manipulate photographs prior to publishing them in the newspaper. The above photograph was featured in an article on Philadelphia houses. A woman blocked their shot, so the Bulletin painted the background over her head and cropped the image just above her shoulders.

The published image.

From the George D. McDowell Philadelphia Evening Bulletin Photograph collection.

URBAN ARCHIVES: THE RITUALS OF CHAOS

July 19, 2012 –

January 6, 2013 

Guest-curator: Monica Espinel

The Bronx Museum

“This group exhibition, named after Carlos Monsivais’ book of the same title, takes the work of Mexico’s renowned photojournalist, Enrique Metinides, as a departure point and complements it with the work of contemporary artists who also capture the human experience in the metropolis. The photographs and video-based works provide a glimpse into the emotions and events that run rampant in cities where massive concentrations of people congregate, including notions of isolation and chaos. ”

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Last week we visited the Temple Urban Archives to review footage for our upcoming screening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was fun to watch John set everything up on the Steenbeck. A true delight to watch the film speed through the reels and hear the gears turn lightly behind the audio of the movies.

They also have a great archive of maps, newspapers, press photographs and other documents. Surely worth the trip for anyone interested in urbanism, cities, films and documentary studies.


We hope you’ll join us for the screening.

“The Mechanical man. George German, of the Lobster Club, was the human robot in the annual Mummers’ Parade today. He demonstrated the mechanical man of the future.”

1936, Jan. 1.

From the George D. McDowell Philadelphia Evening Bulletin Photograph collection:

http://digital.library.temple.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15037coll3/id/7523

A social space cannot be adequately accounted for either by nature (climate, site) or by its previous history…Mediations and mediators have to be taken into consideration: the action of groups, factors within knowledge, within ideology or within the domain of representations. Social space contains a great diversity of objects, both natural and social, including the networks and pathways which facilitate the exchange of material things and information.
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Henri Lefebvre

http://urbanarchives.org/

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WHAT YOU TAKE AWAY (WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND) and FOREVER IS AN OPTIMISTIC VIEW opened on Wednesday night at Archive_ and include work by UNSW Art & Design students, grads and staff.
Both run until May 22.

WHAT YOU TAKE AWAY (WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND) 
Nadia Odlum 

“…a response to the vast and immeasurable stimuli that confront us when traveling through an urban environment.”

FOREVER IS AN OPTIMISTIC VIEW
Kylie Banyard / Katherine Corcoran / Jana Hawkins-Andersen / Eloise Kirk / Lisa Sammut

“Despite the impossibility of being forever and everywhere, this project asks the artist to go on and try anyway, exploring alternative material certainties for what often lies just beyond our reach.”