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OCT 20, 2013


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‘David Hartt: Stray Light’

Why: Through a friend, David Hartt talked his way into the Johnson Publishing Company—home of Jet and Ebony magazines and the first black business to have its own building on Chicago’s Loop—just before the company announced it would have to downsize and move. Johnson’s headquarters were built in 1971, during a heyday for both magazine publishing and civil rights, and became an instant museum of African and black American art and design. Hartt’s striking photos and videos of the building’s last days depict a combination of height-of-empire and ghost town. Can a place made for pictures ever die? (Henry Art Gallery, 15th Ave NE and 41st St, henryart.org, 11 am–4 pm, $10 suggested, through Jan 5)

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