Altered Sites #7

  • Manuel Acevedo, Altered Sites #7, 1998, printed 2016, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1998, Manuel Acevedo, Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center, 2016.45

Exhibition Label
At left, a "Do not enter" sign turns away passers-by from a deteriorating street corner. Meanwhile, a structure drawn by the artist on the photograph rises up to the heavens and welcomes birds. Manuel Acevedo reimagines the streets of his hometown of Newark, New Jersey, a city shaped by periods of unrest and urban renewal initiatives that tore down existing housing to erect massive housing projects. "I drew on top of the photograph," Acevedo reflected, "to transform the bleakness of underutilized landscapes into visionary architectural proposals." His photograph unleashes the potential of derelict public spaces.

Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography, 2017
Title
Altered Sites #7
Artists
Date
1998, printed 2016
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet and image: 40 3/8 × 59 7/8 in. (102.6 × 152.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center

Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – other – sign
  • Animal – bird
  • Cityscape – street
  • Architecture – vehicle – automobile
Object Number
2016.45
Palette
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