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William E. Jones

Youngstown/Steel Town (2016)

Youngstown/Steel Town

The evolution of an Ohio rust belt city is examined in this double-screen projection by Massillon-born, Los Angeles–based artist William E. Jones. The 1944 propaganda film Steel Town, which shows the booming wartime steel industry of Youngstown, Ohio, plays alongside contemporary footage of the city’s now-quiet empty streets and abandoned buildings, underscoring the bleak reality of this postindustrial city. (6 mins., HD video)

Youngstown/Steel Town

Youngstown/Steel Town, courtesy of the artist

Youngstown/Steel Town

Youngstown/Steel Town, courtesy of the artist

Youngstown/Steel Town

Youngstown/Steel Town, courtesy of the artist

Youngstown/Steel Town

Youngstown/Steel Town, courtesy of the artist

Youngstown/Steel Town

Youngstown/Steel Town, courtesy of the artist

Youngstown/Steel Town

Youngstown/Steel Town, courtesy of the artist

Youngstown/Steel Town

Youngstown/Steel Town, courtesy of the artist

Made with the support of the Wexner Center’s Film/Video Studio.

SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation
Cardinal Health Foundation
Huntington Bank

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