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Archive for April 6th, 2017

Artist Talk with Earl Dotter

May 1, 20177:00 pmto9:00 pm

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Earl Dotter began his photographic career after completing his studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 1968 he joined VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and was assigned to the Cumberland Plateau Region of Tennessee. Over time, he was welcomed into the homes of coal mining families. He came to know and respect their culture and struggles — a relationship that continues to this day. After his VISTA assignment concluded, he remained in the area to photograph the rank-and-file movement to reform the United Mine Workers Union, then under the corrupt leadership of Tony Boyle.

In 1972 he was invited to join the staff of the reformers’ newspaper, The Miner’s Voice, and subsequently became the photographer for the campaign to unseat Boyle, called “Miners for Democracy.” When the election effort proved successful, Dotter went to work for the UMWA Journal, where he remained until 1977.

Throughout the 1980′s, Dotter photographed a wide array of occupational subjects. His photography has consistently been given life and texture by shooting not just the work, but the whole worker and his or her life on the job, at home, and in the community. Over the years, his subjects have expanded from an emphasis on occupational health and safety to include environmental hazards to public health. The evolution was only logical, since the adverse conditions which first affect people on the job, as they take the “first hit” from exposure to carcinogens, toxins, and industrial waste, eventually make their way out of the worksite and into the air and water of the surrounding environment.

In the Spring of 1996, he began the tour of his exhibit, THE QUIET SICKNESS: A Photographic Chronicle of Hazardous Work in America. After initial exhibits in Washington, DC and at the main branch of the Cincinnati Public Library, the photography exhibit with over 100 works began a tour of the six New England states, sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Occupational Health Program. AIHA Press published the book of the same name as the exhibit in the Spring of 1998.

In 1999 he was appointed without stipend to the Visiting Scholars Program at the HSPH. The exhibit, “APPALACHIAN CHRONICLE, 1969-1999: The Photographs of Earl Dotter,” began its initial showing at The University of Virginia’s Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon in connection with the annual meeting of the Appalachian Studies Association. Subsequently the exhibit has moved to the Appalshop Gallery in Whitesburg, Kentucky and Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.

Earl Dotter is the recipient of the Josephine Patterson Albright Fellowship in Photography for the year 2000 from The Alicia Patterson Foundation. His fellowship project title is: “COMMERCIAL FISHING, Our Most Perilous Trade.” The grant will provide support to document the hazards faced by commercial fishermen far offshore in the North Atlantic as well as in the hand harvesting fisheries along the New England Coast.

Free to the Public

Farrell Brenner Book Launch

April 23, 20171:00 pmto3:00 pm

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Join local poet Farrell Greenwald Brenner in celebration of her debut collection, Diatribe from the Library! Farrell will be reading from her book and signing copies at ArtRage Gallery. Diatribe was published by Headmistress Press in 2017, and is an exploration of power in spaces of learning.

Brenner book covery

Farrell’s writing is both self-reflective and militant, and beckons readers to question their world. This event is open to all who enjoy screeds against patriarchy, racism, and burdensome homework assignments, the usage of red solo cups as metaphors in addition to drinkware, angry lesbians and angrier poetry, or good food and company. Reading at 1:30, signing at 2:00.

“Bursting with playful repetition, Farrell Greenwald Brenner’s Diatribe from the Library is a storm of lyrical verse.” -Christina Quintana

Free to the Public

Ace in the Hole (1951)

April 29, 20178:00 pmto10:00 pm

“A revelation, as timely now as when it was made” -SF Chronicle


Karen Messing at ArtRage

April 19, 20177:00 pmto9:00 pm

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The Occupational Health Clinical Centers are pleased to sponsor Invisible suffering: The reality of women’s health and safety on the job. A presentation by Karen Messing, Author of  Pain and Prejudice: What Science Can Learn about Work from the People Who Do It.

With thirty-five years of health and safety research experience, Dr. Karen Messing says the quality and impact of research is far improved when you involve and talk to workers.  Messing, professor emeritus of ergonomics at the Université du Québec à Montréal, will appear at ArtRage where she will discuss her latest book. This event is part of Workers’ Memorial Week activities in Syracuse and the ArtRage exhibit, AT ALL COSTS: Photographs of American Workers by Earl Dotter.

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Through some personal accounts, Messing’s latest book explains how dedicated academic, government and labor partnerships allowed her to delve into the real concerns and suffering of workers, especially low-paid workers. Support for this research is dwindling warns Messing describing it as an, “empathy gap—an inability or unwillingness among scientists or decision-makers to put themselves in the workers’ position.”

Karen Messing is an award-winning and internationally recognized expert on occupational health. She is the author of more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific articles and the book One-eyed Science: Occupational Health and Working Women . She is also the editor of Integrating Gender in Ergonomic Analysis , which has been translated into six languages.  Messing is also co-founder of CINBIOSE, which conducts interdisciplinary research and training on workplace and environmental health issues. With CINBIOSE researchers and union partners, she also co-founded L’invisible qui fait mal (the Invisible that hurts), which promotes research on women’s occupational health and safety issues.

For her outstanding and innovative approaches to ergonomic and occupational health research, Messing was the 2014 recipient of the William P. Yant Award from the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Free to the Public