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Miners' Union Hall

Accession Number
1983/1.295.9

Title
Miners' Union Hall

Artist(s)
George A. Tice

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1965; printed 1971

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
14 1/8 in x 11 in (35.88 cm x 27.94 cm);19 3/16 in x 14 5/16 in (48.74 cm x 36.35 cm);4 7/16 in x 5 3/4 in (11.27 cm x 14.61 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Marvin Felheim Collection

Subject matter
This photograph depicts the former Miners' Union Hall in Bodie, California, once an important structure in the now-abandoned gold town. Tice's representation of the Hall honors the elegant simplicity and historical significance of the building by positioning it imposingly against the cloudless sky. Yet the image also highlights the town's demise, from the broken windows of the Union Hall to the detritus and dilapidated wagon alongside the building. One of twelve prints that comprise the Bodie portfolio, the Miners' Union Hall emblematizes the professional identity of this once thriving community.

Physical Description
Photograph of a square-shaped wooden building with broken windows and a wagon alongside it.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
buildings
ghost towns
gold towns
miners
modern and contemporary art
union halls
vernacular architecture
wagons (cargo vehicles)
window

4 Related Resources

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