The Railroad and the Art of Place: Photographs by David Kahler, exhibition opening event

Friday, September 10, 2021 / 6-8:30 pm (CDT)
Grohmann Museum, Milwaukee School of Engineering
1000 North Broadway, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53202

The Center for Railroad Photography and Art, in collaboration with the Grohmann Museum at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, is proud to present The Railroad and the Art of Place: Photographs by David Kahler, an exhibition opening event on Friday, September 10 from 6-8:30 pm.

The event will feature a recorded introduction of the exhibition by photographer David Kahler.

In the late 1980s, David Kahler was deeply inspired by seeing an exhibition of O. Winston Link photographs. He soon began making annual trips to the West Virginia and eastern Kentucky coalfields, destinations that strongly resonated with his own aesthetic of “place.” Armed with a used Leica M6 and gritty Tri-X film, he and his wife made six week-long trips in the dead of winter to photograph trains along the Pocahontas Division of the Norfolk Southern Railway.

  • Doors open, 6 pm
  • Presentation, David Kahler recorded talk (with introduction by James Kieselburg & Scott Lothes), 6:30 pm
  • Reception, 7:30 pm

The Center for Railroad Photography and Art and the Grohmann Museum have collaborated to present this exhibition, which features more than 40 photographs and is distilled in a book of the same name published by the Center.

Reservations are not required, and the event is free. MSOE currently requires masks for all individuals.

Iaeger, West Virginia, February 1996. Photograph by David Kahler
David Kahler, FAIA, received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and Master of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University. He also holds an honorary Ph.D in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and an honorary D.Eng. from MSOE. He had a private architectural practice based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for thirty-six years where he raised four children and served as the President of the Milwaukee Art Museum from 1974 to 1976. Kahler currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art.