Opening: Sunday, January 26, 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM
The exhibits featuring photography and mixed-media by Italian visual artist Alice Pedroletti, are part of her research and archival project in which she explores the history of Henry Flagler and the Florida East Coast Railway’s Key West Extension. On Pigeon Key the installation will be photography site specific for the Section Gang Quarter. At The Custom House Museum in Key West the show will be about archives and photography, creating an exchange between the two places and a dialogue in the Keys territory.
Very well then, go ahead began in December of 2012 when Pedroletti was an artist in residency at The Studios of Key West. Focusing on the local environment and its ties to history and humanity, Pedroletti gravitated towards the Over-Sea Railway and its evolution from railway to highway and its impact on the local community and environment. Drawing from a wealth of resources ranging from photographs to video to postcards the exhibition is a contemporary artist’s take on what was deemed the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World.’
The project is made possible by the Key West Art & Historical Society, the Pigeon Key Foundation, Friends of Old Seven and the Studios of Key West. Funding for the project and exhibition is made possible through the DE.MO./MOVIN’ UP II Session 2012 grant from the Ministry for Heritage, Cultural Activities and Tourism of Italy/PaBAAC General Direction for Landscape, Fine Arts, Architecture and Contemporary Art - General Direction for live shows AND GAI - Association for the Circuit of the Young Italian Artists. A special thanks to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, for logistic support and great understanding of the project.
The openings will include a gallery talk with the artist and are open to the public.
January 24 at The Custom House Museum from 5:30PM-7:00PM.
January 26 at Pigeon Key. Walk or catch the ferry boat at 10:00AM,12:00PM or 2:00PM at the red train (Pigeon Key Visitor's Center) at MM 47.5 on Knight's Key. Admission fee includes a historical tour.