Joe Quinlan’s Back Central Photographs

“Back Central in Black & White, Inside & Out”

Photographs by Joe Quinlan

Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street, Lowell

On exhibit November 20 through December 30, 2010

Reception: Saturday, Nov. 20, 2 pm — 4 pm

A year or so ago, I decided to trace the steps of my father, uncles and aunts, and document their ‘backyard’: Back Central and its myriad side streets that have been home to countless newcomers to Lowell over the years. Back Central has changed, I am sure, but also has remained the same. Frank and Ernest still opens its doors at the corner of Whipple and Back Central. The streets are still narrow, the house lots still tiny. The owner-occupied residences maintain crisp lawns, street-corner fruit-tree groves, religious statues . . . . These images ideally capture its identity. This project received a grant from the Puffin Foundation, Ltd., of Teaneck, New Jersey.

 —Joe Quinlan

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