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Project Midtown by Meredith Davenport

When: June 2-20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 2014
Phone: 314-6745
Lunch with Davenport Thurs. June 5, 12:30-1:30 p. m. Over the past few years Meredith Davenport has been fascinated by the demolition and slow re-building of the Midtown Plaza in Rochester, NY in which she finds an uncanny visual relevance to images of the destruction of the Twin Towers in Manhattan. These references of destruction and despair lie in the literal heart of the city of Rochester, to an empty space that moves between promise and disappointment. The entire process of the destruction of Midtown Plaza has been documented by a camera on top of a building across the street which streams the information live to a website. Beyond the metaphors of destruction as a force of renewal, which are also quite common in the news media, Davenport has been thinking about the idea of nostalgia—a memory of something that never really existed—and how the use of images creates and builds on nostalgia.

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