Learning from the past–lecture on Philadelphia manufacturing

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Artblog contributor Jacob Hellman will be giving a lecture this Thursday about a project he’s been “mildly obsessed” about for the last two years, the history of Philadelphia as a manufacturing powerhouse.  Hellman, an artist and activist, discovered an 1859 book, Philadelphia and its Manufactures, and he’s been tracking down old factories and taking pictures of their ruination ever since.

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Jacob’s photos of the abandoned factories — and some still operational — are on view in Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction‘s back space.  Jacob and Phillip Taylor, an 85-year old commercial lithographer and his cohort on this project, will speak there Thursday night to “renew wonder in manufacturing and spark a critical awareness of materialism.”

Philadelphia and its Manufactures: 1859 & 2009
Lecture by Jacob Hellman and Phillip Taylor
Thurs. Aug. 20
6-8pm.
Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
116 N. 3rd.

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