How long can we tolerate this? An incomplete record from 1933-1999 (2016)
How long can we tolerate this? An incomplete record from 1933-1999 (2016) is an assemblage comprising facsimile press photographs of evictions from twelve states. The Philadelphia-based artist Leah Modigliani bounds this survey by focusing on the years between the enactment and effective repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act. Designed to disentangle commercial and investment banking, this act was signed into law by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in March 1933. For the artist's purposes, this legislation symbolizes New Deal efforts to protect the public by keeping the forces of capitalism in check. Modigliani selects one photograph from each year when the law was in effect and reproduces both the recto and verso. As she notes, the installation reads as both skyline and timeline, functioning as "a historical archive and a representation of working and middle-class material displacement.
Exhibition Dates: September 1, 2017 through January 7, 2018
Location: William D. Adams Gallery