BARTLESVILLE, OK – Price Tower Arts Center announces its upcoming exhibition, Once Upon An Island: Twin Towers Rising. The exhibition features photographs by Richard Quinney of lower Manhattan during the time of the construction of the World Trade Center in New York City.  The exhibition opens on May 13th and continues through September 11th at Price Tower Arts Center, located at 510 Dewey Avenue in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Sociologist Richard Quinney spent the spring of 1969 photographing the people, places, and visual images while walking the streets of Manhattan as part of a photography class at the International Center for Photography.  For the next 30 years, he moved the slides from closet to closet as he relocated, ultimately to his home near Madison, Wisconsin.  Today, his photographs serve as a reminder of not only the period of time they represent, but of the architectural legacy of the World Trade Center complex that was destroyed a decade ago.

“Construction of the World Trade Center was taking place in the larger contemporary context.  Lyndon Johnson had been elected president in 1964 to deliver the programs of the Great Society and to solve or at least improve upon the nations problems of poverty, inequality, education and urban decay.  Yet, the escalation of U.S. military intervention in southeast Asia caused cutbacks to domestic programs,” said Richard Quinney.  “My self-proclaimed project was to document what could be seen as one world comes down and another goes up.”

The exhibition showcases over 130 prints produced form original slides taken by Quinney.  Overall, he donated 161 color slides from his project to the Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, in 2002 as part of their effort to collect writings, images, and personal effects from Wisconsin residents.  Price Tower Arts Center will also host a companion exhibition on the second level of its gallery showcasing selected images of the construction of the Price Tower by Joe Price during the years 1953 to 1956.

“We are very enthusiastic about Once Upon an Island and believe it will be of interest to those with a passion for architecture, history and photography,” said Scott W. Perkins, curator of collections and exhibitions for Price Tower Arts Center.  “Quinney’s images display the fascination with the building project, one initially not fully endorsed by the general public, as well as the workers, vendors, and onlookers and places the towers in context with the everyday objects and life around it.”

Richard Quinney, in addition to his work as a photographer, is a professor emeritus of sociology at Northern Illinois University.  He is also a former Fulbright lecturer and the author of numerous works.  He received the Edwin H. Sutherland Award for is work on criminological theory.

Sponsors for Once Upon An Island: Twin Towers Rising include ConocoPhillips, Bank of Oklahoma and NewsTalk KRMG.   The opening celebration for the exhibition will be held Friday evening.  The Member Preview will begin at 5 p.m.  The Public Reception and Concert, featuring Zach Elkins, will begin at 5:30 and continue until 7 p.m.  There will be free appetizers and a cash bar.

About Price Tower

The landmark destination for art, architecture and design, Price Tower Arts Center, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, provides local, regional and global audiences with the experience of great art, architecture and design in an arts complex whose centerpiece is Frank Lloyd Wright's only skyscraper, the Price Tower.

This National Historic Landmark building, completed in 1956, contains a museum with permanent and changing exhibition galleries; original and restored historic Wright interiors (available by tour); and The Wright Place museum store.

Visitors may also experience Wright's masterpiece as guests of Inn at Price Tower, a high-design hotel that the Arts Center has created within Wright's skyscraper, along with the Inn's eclectic Copper Bar.

Historic tours are available with advanced reservations. Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors (65+), $5 students and children 16 and under and includes admission to the museum exhibitions (tax not included as may be applicable). For more information, the public may call 918.336.4949 or visit the web site at

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