Magnum Foundation and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine team up for "Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet," an art exhibition and Cathedral-wide initiative addressing the issues of food security, hunger, access to healthy food, local and urban farming, factory farming, diet, and the cultural and spiritual meanings of food. The exhibition includes Pulitzer Center grantee Matt Black and "The Geography of Poverty" . With an opening reception on October 6, 2015, the exhibition runs through April 3, 2016.
Black has spent decades photographing in his native rural California and in southern Mexico, where the people working the land and picking its harvest are the very people that go hungry. This past summer, Black embarked on a trip to explore modern poverty across America. He traveled continuously on a route visiting 70 towns and cities where at least twenty percent of the population is living below the poverty level. High poverty rates are crippling the country's most vulnerable communities, the conditions and faces of which largely go unseen. Through Black’s photographs, we see not only what America looks like to the 45 million people living in poverty, but also that poverty is inextricable from issues of migration, land use, industry, and the environment.
Black’s project was supported by the Pulitzer Center, MSNBC, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund, a grant enabling documentary photographers to investigate social justice stories and produce in-depth narratives. Black was recently nominated to Magnum Photos. This exhibition is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
"The Value of Food"
October 6, 2015 - April 3, 2016
The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
New York, NY 10025