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Jake Reinhart: Laurel Mountain Laurel
Join us for a book launch + signing with Pittsburgh based artist Jake Reinhart! Reinhart will discuss this new work with Matthew Newton, Director of Publishing at The Andy Warhol Museum.
The photographs in Reinhart's newest publication, Laurel Mountain Laurel were made in Southwestern Pennsylvania, in the Youghiogheny region. One surviving translation has it that “Yough” means four, and “henné” means stream. “I’ve been along those four streams, and I’ve seen how they come together;” Reinhart says, “losing their specificity yet retaining what is inherent to each – creating something larger and joining places and people that would otherwise appear disjointed and separate.” Reinhart's photographs look to the landscape of this region, interlacing the curves of the roads with the bends in the rivers, creating a topography that joins the many separate slivers of geography into complex map of space, time and place.
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Jake Reinhart (b. 1979) is a photographer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.A. in Sociology and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh. Born and raised in Southwestern Pennsylvania; his work is informed by the region’s history and explores the importance of place in relation to the formation of identity and community.
His book Laurel Mountain Laurel was published by Deadbeat Club Press in 2021. Throughout all of 2020, his photographs were featured in a weekly column for ZEITmagazin titled Pittsburgh 2020, as well as published in the Spring / Summer ZEITmagazin International edition. His project Where The Land Gives Way was published in 2017 and has been promoted by Collector Daily, The Heavy Collective, Photo Emphasis, Lenscratch, Slate, and Booooooom.
In 2018, an excerpt from Laurel Mountain Laurel was exhibited at Northern Kentucky University in conjunction with the FotoFocus Biennial. His photographs and zines are held in institutional collections such as: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Research Library; London College of Communication Special Collection; RISD Fleet Library Special Collection and PNC Bank, NA. Corporate Art Collection. He was previously awarded a Flight School Fellowship in 2017 and the Pittsburgh Filmmakers emerging photographer grant in 2015.
He served on the board of directors at the Silver Eye Center for Photography and worked with the Magenta Foundation as their regional coordinator for the Pittsburgh area.
Matthew Newton is a writer, editor, and publisher from Pittsburgh, PA. His work has appeared in Guernica, the Oxford American, The Paris Review Daily, 3:AM, Spin, and Forbes. Newton has been a cultural commentator on NPR and Al Jazeera America. Shopping Mall, his debut nonfiction book, was published by Bloomsbury in September 2017 as part of its Object Lessons series. Newton is currently Director of Publishing at The Andy Warhol Museum. Prior to that, he worked as Director of Publishing at Carnegie Museum of Art, where he also founded Storyboard, the institution’s award-winning online arts journal. He lives in the Electric Valley with his wife and two sons.