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TORN: A Year That Changed Everything by Margaret Sartor

TORN is actually a two venue exhibition as an installation of 24 works

‘TORN: The Problem of Human Behavior"‘ is on view at the Broad Street gallery.

in Margaret’s own words . .

“I long ago abandoned television news in favor of the satisfyingly tactile experience of reading the newspaper at my kitchen table, a ritual I have held to despite the cost and impracticality. Yet there were days during the previous year when I let those daily papers pile up in my gravel drive, days that included hard rainfall and the heavy tires of delivery trucks. Rescuing the flattened (and sometimes soggy) wads, I invariably felt pangs of guilt. Opening the newspaper became an experience I more often dreaded than savored, a predictable fall down a rabbit hole of tumultuous events, heroic struggles, and historic failures. And when I did read them, which I almost always did, I could not help but give voice to my interior battles. Eventually, I began to write my rage, my puzzlement, my frustration, and my shock directly into the hydra-headed headlines, stories, and photographs.

The results, some of which are shown here, operated as a personal diary of sorts. Looking back now, and viewing them collectively, they seem also to provide a kind of cumulative portrait of the time during which they were created, of our common hopes and our common nightmare—of a year that changed everything.”

These works are presented in an installation of 14 sequenced and framed limited edition archival fine art prints produced and printed by photographer Alex Harris in collaboration with Margaret Sartor. Each limited edition fine art print is signed and numbered by Sartor, and these works are available unframed ($225) or framed ($425). (Editions will be strictly limited to 10 prints, price increases when half the edition has been sold)

Margaret Sartor is a writer, curator, and visual artist who lives in Durham. Her books include Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum 1897–1922 (with Alex Harris), What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney (with Geoff Dyer), and the New York Times best-selling memoir Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets, and Growing Up in the 1970s. Sartor’s photographs and essays have appeared in numerous books and publications, among them The Paris Review, Aperture, The New Yorker, Black: A Celebration of a Culture by Deborah Willis, and, most recently, Visible Spectrum: Portraits from the World of Autism by Mary Berridge. Her photographs are in permanent collections including: the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. As a curator, Sartor has worked with the Nasher Museum of Art, the International Center for Photography in New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Friday and Saturday 12-8 until Dec 8; expanded holiday hours:
Weds/Thurs: 3–7pm, Dec.; 8/9, 15/16, 22/23, Sundays: Noon–4pm, Dec. 5,
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