Peg Johnston mines her family’s archives for images of Binghamton to create a narrative about the city’s evolution in the last half century. “Binghamton has gone through major changes, losing a significant part of our downtown and half of our population. I want to tell that and other stories about my hometown in a visual way,” comments Johnston, a photographer who often does installations at the Cooperative Gallery. Included will be some of the photographs of Robert Johnston, now deceased, and a former gallery member. In addition to recently digitized photos from the city of her childhood, Johnston explores Urban Renewal, documents several decades of protests in Binghamton, and looks forward to the future.
All images have been digitized and are in black and white. “I feel that memories are best represented this way, and all of my father’s photos were originally in black and white. But these images are contrasty and sometimes grainy, not the fine prints my father would have produced. I want to generate images for the Facebook generation, images that swim into your consciousness,” explained Johnston.
Binghamton: A Photographic Memoir will be on display September 4- 27th, 2014 at the Cooperative Gallery 213 State St. The opening is on Thursday Sept. 4th from 6-8 pm. On the First Friday Art Walk Sept. 5th, the gallery is open from 3 pm to 9 pm. A panel discussion on the “Evolution of Binghamton” will take place at the Third Thursday Art Discussion Sept. 18th at 7 pm with Roger Luther of the Preservation Society, Mark Bowers, planner, and other speakers to be announced.
Regular hours are Thursdays 5-8 pm, Fridays 3-6 pm and Saturdays 12-4 pm and by appointment. All events in conjunction with this show are free and open to all.
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The Cooperative Gallery 213 is a popular stop on the First Friday Art Walk and a member of the Gorgeous Washington Association. The gallery has played an important role in the arts renaissance in downtown Binghamton for the past 11 years. Regular gallery hours are Fridays 3-6 pm and Saturdays 12-4 pm and by appointment with the exhibiting artists. Contact the gallery at Info@cooperativegallery.com and check out events listings at either www.cooperativegallery.com or the calendar at www.binghamtonbridge.org.
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The Cooperative Gallery 213 has been a pioneering presence on State Street, now the hub of the arts renaissance in Binghamton. Cooperative Gallery 213 is a popular stop on the highly successful First Friday Art Walks which occur monthly from 3 to 9 pm. The gallery is open every Friday 3-6 pm, every Saturday noon-4 pm and by appointment with the featured artist or any member. Cooperative Gallery 213 213 State Street Binghamton, New York 1390 (607) 724-3462 Gallery hours: Fridays 3-6 p.m. First Fridays 3-9 p.m. Saturdays 12-4 p.m. Add me to your e-newletter Our newletter arrives ONLY once a week and can be stopped at any time.