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Edward Cella Art + Architecture
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Los Angeles, CA 90034


Untold Stories
January - April 2019
Tyler History Center, Youngstown, Ohio January 25 - April 7, 2019
Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron March 11 - April 19, 2019

Untold Stories' is an ongoing project. The exhibition narrative objectifies outmoded imagery of blighted ‘Rust Belt’ cities and employs them as allegories to evoke questions about neighborhood decay and gentrification, segregation and integrated cities, generations of unemployment and economic redevelopment. The exhibition at The Tyler History Center functioned as a case study of Youngstown, while at the Emily Davis Gallery it emphasized Akron. Together the venues worked hand in hand to query the social, political, economic, and racial crises faced by these legacy cities located 50 miles apart in Northeast Ohio. Both exhibitions included Vanderpool’s imaginary realism prints, documentaries, and curated archival materials she selected from The Mahoning Valley Historical Society at the Tyler History Center and the University of Akron Archives at the Emily Davis Gallery.

The exhibition and related programming is funded in part by both institutions and an ArtSTART grant from The Ohio Arts Council.

Garment Girl

Heritage Space, Hà Nội, Việt Nam, May 19 - June 23, 2018
Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture, California Lutheran University,
Thousand Oaks, California, January 18 - March 8, 2019

Garment Girl developed from Jennifer Vanderpool’s immigrant grandmother’s reminiscences about working as a cook in a sweatshop in the Allegheny Mountains and her mother’s stories about sewing shirt collars in order to pay her college tuition. The exhibition interlaced her matrilineal family stories of struggle with current labor activism through evoking questions about the global textile industry and the unseen garment workers sewing in sweatshops. Garment Girl included imaginary realism prints and textiles Vanderpool created for the exhibition as well as two documentaries. One documentary featured stories told by Vietnamese refugees who worked in Los Angeles sweatshops and those told by women textile laborers in Hà Nội. Their stories were interwoven with interviews Vanderpool conducted with labor scholars and activists in both locations. The second documentary showcased interviews with staff from Hà Nội based non-governmental organizations advocating for safe working and living conditions for women garment & apparel industry workers as well as rescuing children trafficked from rural communities to work in urban sweatshops.

Artist Talks and Panels

Untold Futures
Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron
April 11, 2019
6:00 PM

Artist Talk
University of Akron
March 14, 2019
6:00 PM

Yes She Can: Women and the Steel Industry
Mahoning Valley Historical Sociey
Youngstown, Ohio
March 12, 2019
7:00 PM

Clothing Swap
Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture, California Lutheran University
March 2, 2019
11AM - 3PM

Artist Exhibition Walk-through
Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture, California Lutheran University
February 12, 2019

Artist Talk
Moorpark College
Moorpark, California
February 12, 2019

Artist Talk
California Lutheran University
January 31, 2019

Visiting Artist Talk
Department of Art Lecture Series
Youngstown State University
Youngstown, Ohio
January 24, 2019