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Hartford Re-visions Project I, II and III

2004, printed 2012 Manuel Acevedo Born: Newark, New Jersey 1964 inkjet prints images: 20 x 40 in. (50.8 x 101.6 cm) sheets: 24 x 45 in. (61.0 x 114.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase made possible by William W.W. Parker, the R.P. Whitty Company and the Cooperating Committee on Architecture © 2004, Manuel Acevedo 2013.53.1A-C Not currently on view


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Acevedo combines photography and drawing to proffer an ambivalent account of life in urban America. This triptych captures views of an abandoned lot in a Puerto Rican neighborhood in Hartford, Connecticut. To execute these works, the artist drew architecture-like structures on three versions of the same photograph and enlarged them to magnify their scale. Acevedo’s visionary constructions can appear optimistic, as if the lot were finally being repurposed. The structures can also look like high fences that separate this community from a more prosperous downtown seen in the distance.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

Keywords

Cityscape - Connecticut - Hartford

photography - photoprint