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Steel: Photographs by Patricia Layman Bazelon

DATES October 13, 1995 through February 2, 1996
COLLECTIONS Photography
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  • August 1995: Steel: Photographs by Patricia Layman Bazelon, an exhibition of photographs recording the architecture of Bethlehem Steel’s now demolished Lackawanna Iron and Steel Company in Buffalo, New York, will be presented at The Brooklyn Museum from October 13, 1995, through February 4, 1996. Organized by Barbara Head Millstein, Associate Curator, Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, the exhibition comprises seventeen color photographs selected from a series Bazelon began in 1987.

    The Lackawanna plant, and many buildings like it, were constructed around the turn of the century along Buffalo’s Lake Erie shore. These structures inspired, in part, the utopian vision of the Modernist city championed by such architects as Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. Bazelon’s photographs, taken after the demise of both the plant and the Modernist ideals it embodied, are a testament to the heroic proportions of America’s industrial age and the beauty of purely functional form.

    Bazelon, born and educated in London, began to take photographs in the late 1960s to facilitate her work with cinematographers while producing television commercials for New York advertising agencies. She abandoned commercial production in 1976, devoting her time to photography. Her work has since been widely published and exhibited, and has entered a number of public and private collections.

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    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1995 - 2003. 07-12/1995, 121. View Original