April 27 – May 25, 2017
Photography by Ruedi Hofmann
Opening Event Thursday, April 27
6:00 – 8:30pm
Tuesday afternoons from 10:00 – 2:00 pm
May 2, May 9, May 16 & May 23
The Golden Thread and photographer Ruedi Hofmann created an innovative and meaningful community art project titled “Pivotal Hartford: Faces of Change.” This multi-media project includes photography, film, and spoken word, combined in an exciting way that has yet to be seen in our region, creating an outstanding artistic experience. Pivotal Hartford celebrates a diverse collection of people that make an effort to create a strong and vibrant Hartford. Pivotal Hartford began pre-production in March of 2016 with an opening in April 2017. The opening will be held at The Bushnell in Hartford, with the ultimate goal of rotating the exhibit to new sites throughout Hartford.
The Golden Thread was established in 2012 with the mission of connecting the human spirit through the arts. In 2014, The Golden Thread expanded their work to create meaningful public art projects that improve the quality of community life, encourage neighborhood engagement, and better define place-based identity and culture. The Golden Thread has completed three successful community art projects in Hartford. Through this work they provide many opportunities for a broad and inclusive group of people to experience and engage with art in the community.
A Ruedi Hofmann photograph is like a shot of one of those energy drinks – you take it in, and suddenly you feel exuberant. It’s obvious from Ruedi’s personal work that his photographic style comes naturally to him. His series on his former Harlem neighborhood captures the striking geometry of the architecture and the spirit of what it’s like to live there. For Ruedi, who began his career three decades ago as an assistant to Richard Avedon, photography has shaped his life, as a highly sought after professional photographer.
Pivotal Hartford, by focusing on what is good in our community, will build a strong sense of community identity and pride and bring people together who might not otherwise come into contact with each other. An additional goal for this project will include furthering the conversation on the dynamics of community and to inspire those who visit the exhibit to help make Hartford safer, stronger, and more vibrant. Through Pivotal Hartford, The Golden Thread and Ruedi Hofmann hope to create a shared artistic experience that will become a powerful uniting force for the City of Hartford.