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Friday, October 4, 2013

Currently Remembering: Some Images From the Building Where Jet and Ebony Were First Published

Posted by on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 10:50 AM

The library at Johnson Publishing Company.
  • Images courtesy David Hartt and the Henry Art Gallery
  • The library at Johnson Publishing Company.

David Hartt talked his way into the Johnson Publishing Company—the once-proud first black business to have its own building on Chicago's Loop, home of Jet and Ebony magazines—just before the company announced it would have to downsize and move from its iconic headquarters.

The headquarters had been built in a heyday both for magazine publishing and Civil Rights. When the building opened in 1971, it boasted of having the largest collection of African and black American art in the United States. The architecture and finishings were designed to within an inch of life, from test kitchen to makeup studio to the library.

Hartt took photographs and video in the last days of the building. From his footage he created the installation Stray Light, now visiting the Henry Art Gallery at UW. Stay tuned for a review. A handful of the striking images—of a place made to be photographed—follows.

The test kitchen.
  • The test kitchen.

Monae, by the way, is playing Showbox Sodo October 30.
  • Monae, by the way, is playing Showbox Sodo October 30.

Shot of a cover of a book published by Johnson.
  • Shot of a cover of a book published by Johnson.

Obama over his shoulder.
  • Obama over his shoulder.

White guy way outnumbered in a business meeting.
  • White guy way outnumbered in a business meeting.

 

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Fnarf 5
That's a first edition of James Trotter's masterpiece "Music and Some Highly Musical People" sitting there. It's making me shake and sweat; what a glorious thing.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on October 4, 2013 at 2:23 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 4
janelle monae is as cute as a bug in a rug. she's cuter than pre-enhancement janet jackson. she's cuter than cosby era lisa bonet.
Posted by Max Solomon on October 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM · Report this
Gurldoggie 3
I get it. Thanks for the explication.
Posted by Gurldoggie http://gurldogg.blogspot.com on October 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM · Report this
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It's a totally awkward construction. I just meant it the way you'd use the idiom "something was decorated to within an inch of its life." Make more (slightly more) sense?
Posted by Jen Graves on October 4, 2013 at 11:17 AM · Report this
Gurldoggie 1
Definitely interesting photos. What does this sentence mean?: "The architecture and finishings were designed to within an inch of life."
Posted by Gurldoggie http://gurldogg.blogspot.com on October 4, 2013 at 11:06 AM · Report this

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