Representations of Railroading

August 26, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

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As one of the world’s most transformative technologies, railroads are frequent subjects of all forms of art. This online presentation by Scott Lothes traces that long relationship, focusing on paintings from the 1830s to the present. 

Lothes is the president and executive director of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art in Madison, Wisconsin, a nonprofit arts organization that presents the railroad and its roles in society through visual media. Fascinated by railroads from birth, Lothes grew up watching coal trains in West Virginia. He took up photography at Case Western Reserve University, where he received a degree in mechanical engineering. More than 600 of his photographs have appeared in print along with 70 bylined articles in magazines, including Trains, Classic Trains, Railfan & Railroad, and Railroads Illustrated. He is the author and editor of The Railroad Photography of Donald W. Furler and co-author of Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography.

This event is presented in connection with Charlie Hunter: Semaphore, on view at BMAC through October 11, 2021.