“See Through City”: Photographs by Jill Corson. May 10-23, 2010

The School of Constructed Environments is pleased to present “See Through City,” an exhibition of photographs by Jill Corson from May 10-23, 2010. The exhibition is located in the Cases Gallery on the second floor of 25 East 13th Street.

Corson’s multi-layered jewel-toned photographs of New York City’s built environment reveal her unique manner of seeing and recording our consumer culture. A colorist, Corson creates psychedelic montage in the moment by using reflection in glass to juxtapose pedestrians with luscious store window displays.

The work provides keen social commentary. Made between 1999 and 2005, Corson’s pieces record the retail boom years along Fifth Avenue and in Manhattan’s other high-end shopping districts during the years preceding the current economic downturn.

“There is enormous visual pleasure in these photographs,” writes Jerry Cullum, Senior Editor of Art Papers Magazine. “There is also visual information, for the would-be sociologist of the contemporary street. This is what Walter Benjamin would have called the phantasmagoria of consumer culture, the oh so trendy razzle-dazzle of its bling-bling.”

Corson is Associate Director of Academic Advising for the School of Constructed Environments. Meter Gallery and Gallery Stock represent her work.

For additional information, contact Alan Bruton, Director, Public Programs, School of Constructed Environments, at 212.229.8955 ext. 2953.