Wilmington College | The Harcum Art Gallery

1870 Quaker Way (corner of Withrow Circle and College Street)
Wilmington, OH 45177
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Dixie Evans, 71, prepares to hit the stage at the 41st Annual Striptease Reunion and Miss Exotic World Contest (Helendale, CA, 1998), Ed Kashi, 2014, Inkjet print
Courtesy of Ed Kashi, VII Photo

Life as We Age:Two Social Perspectives

Oct. 13, 2014 – Dec. 12, 2014
Mon–Fri: 9 am–5 pm

Time takes its toll. Highly acclaimed  photojournalists Judi Parks and Ed Kashi focus on this truism in Life as We Age: Two Social Perspectives. The exhibition grabs attention because of its textural artistry: the starkness of slack skin exposed to stage lights or the filtered illumination cast by the waning sun over a taut figure in bed.  Life as We Age also compels because its subject — aging — does now, or will soon, affect us all. From Ms. Parks’ perspective, aging can be an engaging encounter with the independently thriving in the rural heartland. From Mr. Kashi’s perspective, it can be the lost look of a non-native speaker in an urban U.S. healthcare facility. Ms. Parks draws from her Home Sweet Home: Caring for America’s Elderly, a long-term documentary book project that progressed despite continuous cross-country treks — from California to Ohio and Kentucky and then back again — in order to shoulder the primary care-taking of both her parents through their illnesses and deaths. The extra time and travel involved in this personal journey helped inform and provide dimension to Ms. Parks’ photographs. Mr. Kashi pulls from his experience with Aging in America: The Years Ahead, a book that evolved from an award-winning story for The New York Times Magazine. Together in Life as We Age, Mr. Kashi and Ms. Parks combine their separate vantage points for an unblinking examination of aging in society.


Oct. 13, 2014
The Harcum Art Gallery, 1870 Quaker Way (corner of Withrow Circle and College Street) | Wilmington, OH 45177

The Opening Reception for Life as We Age: Two Social Perspectives is on Monday, October 13, from 6 to 8 pm.