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Guided Tours with Sandra Gould Ford, "On the Making of Steel Genesis"


Sandra Gould Ford, By Products & Coke Ovens at Midnight, c. 1989, Archival inkjet print, Courtesy of the artist

Sandra Gould Ford, By Products & Coke Ovens at Midnight, c. 1989, Archival inkjet print, Courtesy of the artist

Join award-winning author, artist, and accomplished educator Sandra Gould Ford for a guided tour of the exhibition, "On the Making of Steel Genesis" at the August Wilson Center.  This significant, collaborative effort brings together dozens of works from both artist LaToya Ruby Frazier and Sandra Gould Ford, in several mediums: photographs, writings, documents, and videos. For this exhibition, Frazier made portraits of Ford and the sites of the former Pittsburgh Works Division of the Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation. Ford had worked as a clerk and secretary at the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company. Founded in 1852, J&L was one of the oldest and largest steel manufacturers in the region. From the late-70s until she was laid off in the mid-80s, Ford learned a tremendous amount about the processes of making steel, and the people who made it. At J&L, cameras were forbidden, however, Ford quietly photographed the blast furnaces, coke ovens, and ladles. Devoted to capturing the spirit of the workers, she diligently photographed inside the plant after it closed. Ford continues to maintain this archive of photographs, documents, and writings as a history of the mill, a reflection on making steel, and her personal genesis.

Register below for one of three free tours of this exhibition!


Wednesday, November 29th, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Saturday, December 9th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Wednesday, December 20th, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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