Drawing the Moon – Lily Brooks
December 12, 2020 – January 3, 2020
Physical Opening: December 12, 12pm – 9pm
The photographs that comprise Drawing the Moon were made under the Moonlight Towers of Austin, TX. These storied 165-foot high street lamps remarkably mimic the effect of full moonlight, and were once popular across the United States in cities such as St Louis, Detroit and New Orleans.Today, only 17 remain in the entire world, and they illuminate the ever-changing city of Austin. Considering the light itself as a kind of witness, these photographs examine Austin as a site of history, ambition, rampant gentrification, and imagination. Brooks is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Southeastern Louisiana University and lives and works in Baton Rouge.
Lily Brooks holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art + Design. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and featured in publications such as NPR’s Central Standard and the Los Angeles Times. Brooks is the 2019 recipient of an Archive Documentation and Preservation Grant from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation for her ongoing project, The Bonnet Carré Spillway. She is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Southeastern Louisiana University.