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In the spring of 1984, under the direction of Dr. Charles Suchar, a number of DePaul faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences formed a group to conduct a historical and cultural study of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.  Deborah Bright of DePaul’s Art Department served as the documentary photographer.  These photographs capture various elements of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, such as houses, alleys, dilapidated residences, and new construction.  Images of building renovations, Latin Kings gang graffiti, gates and fences, and a large neighborhood garden provide evidence of a diverse urban neighborhood in transition. The photos present material culture and landscapes as a reflection of the ongoing gentrification in the area.  In October of 1985, these images were presented in the exhibit Icons of Civility: The Fabricated Environment of Lincoln Park as part of the DePaul Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies sponsored series “Dimensions of Sculpture.”

In January of 2015, Deborah Bright (then Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Pratt Institute in New York) donated her film negatives and contact sheets from this project to DePaul’s Special Collections and Archives Department. This collection features thirty-seven strips of negatives representing ninety-six exposures and thirteen 8x10 contact sheets containing ninety-eight total photos

 
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