Please join us for an artist lecture by Joan Linder Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A 5:30 p.m. reception will be followed by a 6 p.m. lecture.
Joan Linder’s Hooker 102nd Street centers on a notorious environmental disaster, one of the worst in United States history, known as Love Canal. Conceived by the 19th-century industrialist William T. Love, Love Canal was supposed to be a “model city” in Niagara Falls, New York, but by the 1920s funds were gone and it was abandoned. Originally intended as a model planned community, Love Canal served as a residential area before being purchased by Hooker Chemical Company (now Occidental Chemical Corporation). The site’s 70-acre landfill became a dumping ground for various chemical companies.
After its sale to the local school district, Love Canal attracted national attention for the public health problem that originated from the massive dumping of toxic waste on the grounds. This event displaced numerous families, leaving them with long-standing health issues and symptoms of high white blood cell counts and leukemia.
Linder’s monumental drawing portrays the fence surrounding the site, including a potent mix of the mundane and the ominous. In the accordion drawings, signs stating “PRIVATE PROPERTY,” and “NO TRESPASSING” are followed by those reading “PARKING LOT FOR SUBWAY CUSTOMERS ONLY” and “YOUNG LUNGS AT PLAY: THIS IS A TOBACCO-FREE ZONE.” In her meticulous pen-and-ink drawings, Joan Linder’s art revels in what she calls “the sub-technological process of observation and mark-making.” The artist will talk about her on-going drawing masterpiece as well as her larger body of work.