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1970’s Hoboken: Photographs by Caroline Carlson
Raised in Montclair, Caroline Carlson never thought she would end up working and living in Hoboken, but she plunged into the city on an assignment from Stevens Tech for an exhibit comparing historic buildings from Hoboken’s past to their present state. She was soon drawn into the life of the city and began working with the Model Cities program documenting its citywide cultural and arts program in the summer of 1970. This led to a project with the Christian Reformed Church at Third and Hudson, a mission church catering largely to the Hispanic community. She worked with the children of the Church’s congregation and of the 60 Garden Street Association to teach photography and create a magazine, “The Miracle Mile Mirror,” which showcased the children’s photographs, along with poetry and essays the children wrote and collected from their friends and family.
For her solo show in the Upper Gallery of the museum, “1970s Hoboken,” which opens January 21, with a reception from 2 – 5 p.m., Carlson chose 14 photos from her many photo safaris based on their artistic merits, as well as representing a cross-section of life in the city. Scenes include iconic images such as the procession of the Madonna dei Martiri statue and the ferry terminal, as well as quotidian scenes, including artists, workers, tenement apartment interiors, and lots of kids and families hanging out on stoops and in vacant lots. Prints of the images will be available for purchase. The exhibit runs through March 18.