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Southland Institute

Public Lecture Series: Bethlehem No More by David Weldzius

April 5, 2019 | 8:00 PM

Two days before the November 2016 election, David Weldzius drove to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to re-stage Walker Evans’s photographs taken there in November 1935. From Evans’ perspective of the giant blast furnaces from atop St. Michael’s Cemetery, Weldzius could not locate the Sands Casino Resort, an $800 million project built on Bethlehem Steel’s former oar yard in 2007. Over the course of the next several months, Weldzius would return to Bethlehem regularly. His research and photography were soon published into an essay, “Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Four Meditations on the Old and New Spirits of Capitalism” by X-TRA in 2018. Borrowing his lecture title from a Luis Rodriguez poem which underscores the consequences of Bethlehem Steel’s closure in South Los Angeles, Weldzius intends to synthesize the narratives of steel production in the Rust Belt and the American Southwest.

Event will be held on the ground floor in the courtyard space and is wheelchair accessible.

The event is free and open to all ages.

co-sponsored by X-TRA

Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA)
ground floor courtyard
709 N Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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A Graveyard and Steel Mill in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, November 1935. Walker Evans (left image courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, right image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art).