The Art of Destruction--Images of Superstorm Sandy

The Department of Special Collections - LI Studies Institute presents a photography exhibition entitled THE ART OF DESTRUCTION Images of Superstorm Sandy. Superstorm Sandy was a weather event of historic proportions. Eleven days after the storm the Long Island Studies Institute at Hofstra University asked the public for digital photographs that documented the effects of the storm on Long Island. The plan was to preserve and arrange the photographs and, in the future, make them available to researchers. What we received, however, not only documented destruction and loss of property, but also depicted the beauty and drama of nature.

In this exhibition we found that there was art in destruction; that the photographers’ eyes were drawn to the beautiful line or color or juxtaposition of form. Although many of the photographers captured the same type of image, the result differed tremendously. There are 30 photographs in this exhibit, many of downed trees and wires, yet each photo exposes the subject in a different light. Although the storm left Long Island devastated in so many ways, these photographs show how nature can also be inspiring.

Dates: Monday, March 4 - Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Location: Student Center Café in the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus      

Viewing Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.  


For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.


This exhibition is presented in conjunction with The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University and the Hofstra Cultural Center conference, From the Outside In: Sustainable Futures for Global Cities and Suburbs, which is being held from March 7, 2013 - March 9, 2013.

For more information about this conference click here

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Curator and Organizer of Exhibition
Geri Solomon
Assistant Dean of Special Collections and University Archivist
Hofstra University Library Special Collections

Friday, March 08, 2013





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