It Happened Here: Francis Cape Photography Exhibit

Published on Wed, October 22, 2008

SCRANTON, PA-October 22, 2008

Marywood University  new photography exhibit; It Happened Here: Francis Cape, which includes color photographs taken by the artist in central New Orleans two months after Hurricane Katrina. The exhibit also includes folding chairs (moveable architecture, like F.E.M.A. trailers set up in front yards) and drawings. Mr. Cape's exhibit will be on display in the Suraci Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts, through December 7.

Mr. Cape, a resident of Narrowsburg, New York, aided in the clean up of New Orleans in October 2005, where he photographed the deserted streets in middle class neighborhoods of Gentilly and St. Roch. His moving photographs focus on the water mark, a strong horizontal element that acts as a sign of what happened during the hurricane. In addition, Mr. Cape returned, in October 2006, to the same area to photograph F.E.M.A. (Federal Emergency Management Agency) trailers parked in front yards throughout the neighborhood. In addition to the exhibit, an artist's talk will be given on November 10, at 7:30 p.m.

 Mr. Cape will travel back to New Orleans in late October to participate in the first international U.S. Biennial, Prospect.1 New Orleans [P.1]. It will include work by over 85 artists from around the world. He will show a new sculpture called "London Avenue," about the government's inaction surrounding the events of Hurricane Katrina. The landmark event will take place in New Orleans, and Mr. Cape's work will be shown in the U.S. Mint.

 Mr. Cape is represented by the galleries Murray Guy in New York and Andreas Grimm in Germany. Many of the folding chairs and photographs in It Happened Here are from Waterline and Four Folding Chairs, 2006. Both galleries were installed at Murray Guy in 2006.

A sales percentage of all Mr. Cape's New Orleans work goes to Common Ground Relief (, which was organized in the first week after Katrina. The mission of Common Ground Relief is to provide short-term relief for victims of hurricane disasters in the gulf coast region and long-term support in rebuilding the communities affected in the New Orleans area.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be open on Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday from 8p.m.; and weekends from 1-4 p.m. For further information or directions, contact the Marywood University Art Department at 570-348-6278 or visit