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Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 PM 5:00 PM
Ends Jun 16, 2024
In 1973, Janet Johnson, an American mountaineer, traveled to Argentina to ascend the Aconcagua mountain. It is situated in the Principal Cordillera of the Andes Mountain range in Mendoza Province and is the highest mountain in the Americas and outside of Asia. Elevation: 6,961 meters. That same year, in Beau Lieu sur Mer, France, a seaside commune located on the French Riviera, Louis Cane started his “toiles découpées” series: colorful symmetrical shapes of raw canvas resembling podiums. Janet Johnson was born on November 30th, 1936. Earlier that year, the IV Olympic Winter Games were held in Garmisch-Partenkirschen, an Alpine town in Southern Bavaria, Germany. It was the first time the Olympic flame flickered at the Winter Games, a dark moment in the history of skiing as the events were a propaganda vitrine for the Nationalsozialistische Diktatur. The town lies near the Zugspitze, Germany's highest peak, with a 2,962 meters summit accessed by a cogwheel train. In 2024, Long Beach’s railway is still operating under a light train format, moving working class commuters rather than 1900’s newcomers. White Gold Turns To Blood The Aconcagua expedition was comprised of eight Americans. Janet Johnson never made it back. She was carrying an ice axe and a camera. Her death is still a mystery to this day. Hypoxia or Homicide. At the end of WWII, numerous Nazis fled to Argentina. The alpine town of Bariloche became a destination because of political sympathy for their government and for its visual resemblance to Bavaria. In the 1930s, the centre of the city was redesigned to have the appearance of a traditional European central alpine town (it was called "Little Switzerland.”). The Final Frontier The Long Beach train was one of the first railroads in the West, breaking from the Wild West era and supporting commercial peace and capitalism. Bariloche is located within the Nahuel Huapi National Park, next to the Andes. Commerce continued to depend on Chile until the arrival of the railroad in 1934, which connected the city with Argentine markets. Louis Cane is one of the most prolific painters of Supports/Surfaces and is still active to this day. Nowadays, the cogwheel train at the Zugspitze is still operating bringing tourists to its peak. Surfaces and colors have changed: the grey rocks took over the mountains former white dress. The glacier is scheduled to disappear by 2030. Gone with History still in the making. Destination Addiction Which step of the podium will you be on when you’re gone?
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