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Photo Exhibit July 29-31, 2011

Join Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail for:

Reframing Ruin: a Prelude to the Bloomingdale Trail

July 29-31, 2011 — Friday: 4-11pm, Saturday & Sunday: Noon-11pm

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, Logan Square

2644 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL

Opening Night Reception: Friday, July 29, 7-11pm

For nearly a century the Bloomingdale freight line has rolled across and above the City’s Northwest side. Today the tracks are aligned to transform it into an elevated, mixed-use, linear park and trail. Reframing Ruin features photographs of the Trail as it is now, while inviting viewers to imagine the impact it will have for all of Chicago. This show is an opportunity to reflect on the ways this railroad has captured the spirit of discovery in so many. Generations of artists have turned the embankment walls into canvases. Youths have explored the accidental nature preserve that grew between the tracks. Walkers, bikers, runners and even skiers have blazed their paths, happily avoiding traffic below. Thanks to Bloomingdale’s views we’ve been able to see the communities along the route, and the Loop in the distance, with fresh eyes. We hope this show will be an inspiration as the process to design and build the Trail unfolds. Let us learn from the special qualities inherent in this ruin and translate them into Chicago’s next great park. – Ben Helphand, President, Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail

Curated by Shannon Bourne. Artists: Philip Bussey, Peyton Chung, Ryan Patrick Clarke, Amanda Curtis, Jodie Fisher, Kate Friedman, Kelley Greenwood, Bill Guy and Amanda Bless, Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee, Joshua Koonce, Lily Mayfield, Sean Mcewan, Sarah Morton, James Nowak, Thomas Plum, Kevin Ponziani, Greg Sandford, Satya, David Schalliol, Eric Schumacher, Bart Shore, Igor Studenkov, Charlie Thomason, The Building Society, Yates Elementary 4th graders


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