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Gallery Exhibit by Michael Jacobson-Hardy at GMU

August 19, 2003
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A Photo-documentary on Social Class and Race in the United States

Co-sponsored by George Mason University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Fall for the Book Festival
AUGUST 25 through SEPTEMBER 17, 2003
Talk & Reception: Monday, September 15, 2003

WHAT: Beyond the Monuments in Washington, DC is Massachusetts-based photographer Michael Jacobson-Hardy’s unvarnished look at race, class and gender, as is his other collection of images exploring social issues: Factories, Schools, Prisons. Together, Michael Jacobson-Hardy's photographs focus on important social problems – including crime, the economy, education, and corrections. It has been noted that Michael Jacobson-Hardy's photos reveal all in the eyes of his subjects. What do those children see in the teacher’s eyes? What does the man who looks through the bars see?
Jacobson-Hardy’s work includes texts by Howard Zinn, Ralph Nader, Lois Horton, and Michael Foucault.

WHO: Michael Jacobson-Hardy is author of The Changing Landscape of Labor: American Workers and Workplaces (University of Massachusetts Press, 1996) and Behind the Razor Wire: Portrait of a Contemporary American Prison System (New York University Press, 1998). His photographs have been exhibited widely and are included in many public and private collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. His forthcoming book In the Spirit of Peace (Holmes & Meier Publishers, Inc.) will be available in the spring of 2004.

WHERE: The Johnson Center and Fine Arts Galleries on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. The campus is located at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123, Fairfax, Virginia.

WHEN: The exhibit opens on August 25 and runs through September 17.
An artist’s talk, in conjunction with the first day of Fairfax’s Fall for the Book Festival, is held on Monday, September 15, 4:30PM, in the Fine Arts Gallery, followed by a reception in the Johnson Center Gallery at 5:30PM.

Media inquiries regarding publicity photos for this exhibit should be directed to 703-993-8794.

The Johnson Center Gallery is located on the main level of the George W. Johnson Center in the heart of Mason’s Fairfax campus. The Fine Arts Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Fine Arts Building in room B104. Galleries are open Mon. through Thurs., from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted, and by appointment. The Gallery Program is a division of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, home to the Center for the Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.