VIP event: John Leroux at Indigo East Point
Join John Leroux at Indigo East Point on Sunday, November 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. exclusively for Plum members, where he will be signing copies of The Lost City.
From the 1950s through the 1970s, cities throughout North America engaged in disruptive periods of massive “urban renewal” of older, poorer areas. Neighbourhoods were razed to make way for freeways, housing projects, public amenities, sports arenas, and subdivisions. Planned communities replaced older urban neighbourhoods that had evolved over generations.
Ian MacEachern worked for CHSJ-TV in Saint John from 1962 to 1966, and he witnessed the profound transformation of Canada's oldest city as it was buffeted by the forces of reconstruction and modernization. He also recorded the life of the city, its neighbourhoods, its residents, and social life in more than a thousand photographs. Like the documentary photographic works of Walker Evans, Dorothy Lange, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, MacEachern's photographs show an extraordinary power in their honest depictions of fleeting moments and a raw humanity.
For The Lost City: Ian MacEachern's Photographs of Saint John, architectural and social historian John Leroux has selected seventy-five black-and-white photographs drawn from MacEachern's exceptional archive and written an accompanying essay that examines the recent history of Saint John and the effect of urban renewal on civic architecture, historic neighbourhoods, and community structure.
The Lost City accompanies a touring exhibition, curated by John Leroux and organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, which opened in Saint John in the fall of 2018.
Art historian, curator and architect John Leroux is currently the Manager of Collections and Exhibitions at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton. He has worked at award-winning architecture firms in Toronto, Atlanta, and Fredericton, and was selected to be a team member in Canada's entry at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture. He has won many awards for architectural and public art projects throughout Canada, and has taught at St. Thomas University, the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design, and the University of New Brunswick. He is the author of many books on architecture and the visual arts, including Building New Brunswick: an architectural history, and most recently 1967: New Brunswick's Centennial Building Murals. He is also currently completing his PhD in History at UNB, where he is exploring the modern cultural history of New Brunswick.