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Unchanged Portland

Andy Graham

March 2- April 28, 2023

Maine Jewish Museum –

Jody Sataloff History and Art Pavilion

These images document commercial buildings and storefronts in and around Portland, Maine that are unchanged since the photographer’s arrival as a university student in the mid-1970s. Recognizing the suddenly accelerating shifts in Portland’s business landscape, Graham sought to capture parts of the urban landscape likely to disappear. Influenced by Walker Evans and other FSA photographers of the 1930s, he is particularly focused on signage and architecture. In the years since the images were made in December 2018 and January 2019, many of these businesses have closed and their visual presence in the cityscape has been lost.

    • Exhibit Opening: Garry Mitchell, Andy Graham, and Natasha Mayers

      Tuesday, March 2 2023
      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Mingle with artists and art lovers, enjoy wine and cheese with museum mavens and curious minds, and celebrate with us as we unveil our newest exhibitions!

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    • Photographer captures Portland’s changing cityscape

      By Troy R. Bennett
      Bangor Daily News
      Monday, February 27, 2023

      PORTLAND, Maine — In 2018, Andy Graham set out to photograph the unnoticed, uncelebrated storefronts and commercial buildings dotting the city which seemed unchanged since he first hit town in 1974.

      Graham captured some of them just in time.

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    • Art Seen: Mitchell, Mayers and Graham at Maine Jewish Museum

      By Edgar Allen Beem
      The Portland Phoenix
      Friday, April 14, 2023

      PORTLAND, Maine — Over the past 15 years, the Maine Jewish Museum has managed to transform the Etz Chaim Synagogue in Portland into an important art venue, making use of less-than-ideal spaces to exhibit some of the best art in Maine.

      Currently (through April 28), the museum is featuring a trio of one-artist shows. Garry Mitchell’s precise abstract paintings hang in the main hallway. Natasha Mayers’ plein air paintings fill the refectory. And Andy Graham’s photographs of old Portland hang up on the third floor in what once was the women’s balcony of the elegant Etz Chaim sanctuary.

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