Visual Arts + Museums

Inheritance: LaToya Ruby Frazier and Tony Buba

When: Fri., April 6 2012

iMOCA celebrates its 10-year anniversary this month with a show, Inheritance, guest curated by Braddack, Penn-based photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier, whose work is concurrently on view at the 2012 Whiteny Bienale. This will be the most comprehensive exhibition of Frazier's work, according to iMOCA, including some never-before-seen pieces, and will also feature a documentary film by Tony Buba, who also focuses on the post-industrial town of Braddock as his subject. Frazier's best-known work, The National Family, which she began in 2002, is a series of black-and-white photographs ducumenting members of her Braddock-based family (Frazier now lives in New Jersey), who have suffered the impact of their town's social, economic and environmental degradation. More recent work has concerned the 20120 demolition of Braddock's U.P.M.C. Hospital, a significant source of both-employment and health care for the community, and the death of her step-great grandfather (The Homebody, which sees Frazier wearing his pajamas and covered by his blanket.) Buba releases his first feature in 1998, the documentary Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy, which was nominated for best first feature by the Independent Spirit Awards' more recently, his Struggles in Steel: A Story of African-American Steelworkers chronicled institutionalized racism via interview with 70-plus African American workers. This exhibit runs through May 19.

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