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MCCC’s James Kerney Campus Gallery Presents Photographer Ryann Casey’s ‘Loss Event’ Exhibit on U.S. National Parks

originally published: 07/19/2018

MCCC’s James Kerney Campus Gallery Presents Photographer Ryann Casey’s ‘Loss Event’ Exhibit on U.S. National Parks

(TRENTON, NJ) -- Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC's) James Kerney Campus Gallery (JKCG) in downtown Trenton announces the opening of “Loss Event,” an exhibit by photographer Ryann Casey, who has created a series based in the U.S. National Park system. The show runs from Wednesday, August 1 through Friday, September 7. 

Approximately 13 of Casey’s large-scale, stereo card-style photos, measuring 30 x 40 inches, will be on display. Each of her photos features two prints side by side that explore the intersection of personal loss and environmental degradation through the filter of memory and grief. 

According to JKCG Gallery Director and Curator Michael Chovan-Dalton, Coordinator of the MCCC Photography and Digital Imaging program, stereo cards were a 19th century technique that allowed viewers to see images in 3-D. “Casey’s format pays tribute to great western landscape photographers of the 19th and early 20th century like Timothy O’Sullivan, Carleton Watkins and Edward Muybridge,” he said. “This double view of a scene allows her to use the dual image style to share personal and public grief in the same place and the same time.”

Chovan-Dalton notes that Casey's work comes from a deeply personal place. “She lost a close friend who worked for the National Park Service, someone who inspired her love of the outdoors and these monuments to nature,” he said. “At the time she was grieving that loss, the newly appointed Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, began reopening public land to oil, gas, and coal exploration, while decreasing the size of public spaces declared by the previous administration.”

Casey is a Philadelphia/New Jersey-based artist, curator, and organizer. She has exhibited in and around Philadelphia and New York City. She works as an adjunct professor of Photography, Art History and Critical Theory in New Jersey, including at MCCC. She holds a BA in Photography with a minor in Gender Studies from Stockton University and an MFA/MS in Photography and Art History from Pratt Institute. 



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Casey’s website is currently under construction. Her images are available on www.Instagram.com/ryann.casey.

JKCG is located in MCCC's Trenton Hall, 137 North Broad Street, across the street from the Kerney Building. Hours for this exhibit are Tuesdays, 10:00am to 2:00pm; Wednesdays, 10:00am to 1:00pm; and Thursdays, 10:00am to 7:00pm. More information is available at www.mccc.edu/JKCgallery.  A Community Reception and Artist’s Talk will be held Thursday, September 6 from 5:00pm to 7:00 p.m., with the talk to start at 6:00pm.





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Event calendar
Saturday, Aug 18, 2018


MUSIC

90s By Nature Dance Party @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 10:00pm

BALLYHOO! @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists @ Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park - 9:00pm

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 5:00pm

ZEBRA @ The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park - 9:00pm

Blake Shelton @ Hard Rock Live Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 8:00pm

Legendary Beatles Recording Engineer Geoff Emerick @ The Vault at Victor Records , Berlin - 8:00pm


HAIR in Concert @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 10:00pm

AMERICAN IDOL: LIVE! 2018 @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:30pm

Billy Walton Band with Joe D'Angelo @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 8:00pm

REMEMBERING THE KING @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 7:00pm

Funky Feat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Fuel (20th Anniversary Tour) w/ Ropetree, New Theory @ Starland Ballroom, Sayreville - 6:00pm

Ronnie Penque’s Panama Dead @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

Saturday Night Fever @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 8:00pm

The Lion In Winter @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 8:00pm

Fern Hill @ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 3:00pm and 8:00pm

Bob Goss and his Silver Sizzles @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 8:00pm

Shakespeare in the Park' Twelfth Night & Macbeth @ Various Bergen County Parks, Teaneck - 7:00pm



COMEDY

HASAN MINHAJ: BEFORE THE STORM @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 7:00pm and 9:30pm

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