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Michael Mergen

Now that we know who will be living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the next four years, we might want to consider who else lives at that very famous address.  As a bookend to his series, VOTE, that ran on Lenscratch yesterday, Michael Mergen has created a terrific series about a very famous address.

Michael earned a BFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. He began his career as a photojournalist, working for national newspapers and newswire services in Boston and then his hometown of Philadelphia. His current work focuses on ideas and notions of America and its institutions.  He has exhibited nationally and internationally and his work is held in several public and private collections. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Photography at Longwood University in Farmville, VA.

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 

With 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, I sough to explore and document the American landscape using the constant of the country’s most famous address – the White House. Using this address as a constant, I made straightforward images of everyday America. What followed is a vernacular, kaleidoscopic view of this country: lower and middle class homes of all sorts, mundane structures of a waste water treatment plant, and bland, nameless brick and cinderblock buildings. And it is this contrast to the regal white columns of the White House, its manicured lawn and historical context that makes these buildings so interesting, the familiar humdrum of the American landscape, that simple happenstance of sharing an address with the most significant of all.

 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Pine Bluff, AK
, 2008

 1600 Pennsylvania
Street, Gary, IN
, 2008

 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Irwin, PA
, 2008

 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Lorain, OH
, 2008

 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
McDonough, GA
, 2008

 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Miami Beach, FL
, 2008

 1600 S Pennsylvania Avenue,
Morrisville, PA
, 2008

 

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Newton Falls, OH
, 2008

 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Whiting, NJ
, 2008

 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Guilderland, NY
, 2008

 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Salem, OH, 2008

 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Stoughton, MA
, 2008

 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
NE, St Petersburg, FL
, 2008

 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Tyrone, PA
, 2008

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
West Mifflin, PA
, 2008

Panel Discussion: America’s Competitive Edge and Its Global Standing

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Michael Mergen, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Richmond, CA , 2008


Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | 5:30pm | MoCP

The Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs are proud to announce a panel discussion with economist Howard Friedman and exhibiting artists Michael Mergen, moderated by MoCP Director Natasha Egan.

Howard Friedman, statistician, health economist, and author of The Measure of a Nation: How to Regain America’s Competitive Edge and Boost Our Global Standing, and artist Michael Megen, whose photographic series 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is on view at MoCP, will discuss their work in connection with the themes explored in the MoCP’s current exhibition Peripheral Views: States of America.

The reception begins at 5:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. A cash bar will be available. The discussion begins at 6:30 at Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Avenue and a book signing will immediately follow.

CCGA Young Professional Members $10; Nonmembers $20; Columbia College Students can register for free by contacting Allison Grant at [email protected]

Reservations are recommended. Learn more and register online at www.thechicagocouncil.org.


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Panel Discussion: America’s Competitive Edge and Its Global Standing

MergenEblastImage
Michael Mergen, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Richmond, CA , 2008


Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | 5:30pm | MoCP

The Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs are proud to announce a panel discussion with economist Howard Friedman and exhibiting artists Michael Mergen, moderated by MoCP Director Natasha Egan.

Howard Friedman, statistician, health economist, and author of The Measure of a Nation: How to Regain America’s Competitive Edge and Boost Our Global Standing, and artist Michael Megen, whose photographic series 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is on view at MoCP, will discuss their work in connection with the themes explored in the MoCP’s current exhibition Peripheral Views: States of America.

The reception begins at 5:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. A cash bar will be available. The discussion begins at 6:30 at Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Avenue and a book signing will immediately follow.

CCGA Young Professional Members $10; Nonmembers $20; Columbia College Students can register for free by contacting Allison Grant at [email protected]

Reservations are recommended. Learn more and register online at www.thechicagocouncil.org.


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MoCP | 600 S. Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605 | 312.663.5554 | [email protected]