THE FLOOD Florence 1966, New York 2012 Photos by Joe Blaustein and Massimo Berruti
OPENING OCTOBER[masked] AT 6PM
On view until November 23 - Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm
A forty year old artist and American teacher, Joe Blaustein, found himself in Florence on November 4, 1966 when the Arno overflowed the levees submerging the city and with his camera in tow decided to document in real time what was happening.
He accomplished this but the slides remained closed in a box in his home for a long time.
After many years those photos were donated to the Archive of the Municipality of Florence, were restored and are now displayed in this exhibit. Their peculiarity is that they are among very few color images that were taken then.
Next to these images we decided to position photos of another flood, that which was caused by hurricane Sandy in New York in 2012 and that hit the southern part of the city with tremendous force. In this case, the photographs are taken by the Italian photographer, Massimo Berruti, in black and white.
The reason behind placing these two series of photographs together is that it permits, as often with our initiatives at the Institute, to relate American culture and Italian culture (the American photographer that takes pictures of Florence and the Italian that photographs New York) with a quite curious game of juxtaposition of the techniques used (the color for the occurrence fifty years ago and the black and white for the more recent calamity).
An exhibit that is not only meant to keeping the memories alive, but that aims, also, at igniting a discussion on the topic of the resilience of the so-called Art Cities in the face of a natural disaster, and on the best means to protect their artistic and monumental heritage. Unfortunately, a very current topic after the recent earthquake that has struck central Italy.