Never thought I'd say this about being on the New Jersey Turnpike: we spent hours on it today on the drive to Michael Massaia's studio in Northern NJ, and l-o-v-e-d the ride.
Loved it, as (1) we were excited to be picking up his amazing photographic work, 'Seeing the Black Dog', taken - on the NJ Turnpike. And (2) because thinking about his haunting images, taken at rest stops in the middle of the night, shift the ways in which one sees the usually monotonous chore of getting between two places, transforming it into a traveling adventure.
Here's one of our pics from the ride, taken on an iPhone... fun, but nothing like Massaia's luscious prints, shot on film, and hand printed. Come to the exhibition opening May 31 - his work must be seen in person.
Street Road Visiting / Hours:
Open Friday and Saturday 11am - 3pm or call 610-869-4712 or email to set up a visit, or, if you are driving by and see cars outside, just drop in. If you are far, far away, and can't visit in person, we do visits by Skype - email us to set up a virtual visit. We are on site multiple days a week and can accommodate most times.
A word about 'here':
We acknowledge that we are on the ancestral lands of the Lenape, original people of the mid-Atlantic area, forced west by British and US governments. Most Delaware Indian tribe descendents are now located in Oklaholma, Wisconsin, and Ontario. Lenni Lenapes in Pennsylvania are not officially recognized as tribes by the United States, though an estimated 5000 Lenape Nation descendents live in the Delaware River area. We pay respects to the Lenape people both past and present. Please consider the many legacies of violence, displacement and settlement that form part of our collective histories. While increased public recognition of these legacies and processes of redress such as Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission are positive steps, concrete focus on return of land and land rights remains a distant horizon.