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The East Hampton Star: The Art Scene 09.17.20

“Hoodooland,” an exhibition of photographs by Priscilla Rattazzi, is opening today at the Staley-Wise Gallery in SoHo, continuing through Nov. 7. Ms. Rattazzi, who lives in New York City and East Hampton, photographed the weathered, mushroom-like rock formations in southwest Utah known as “hoodoos,” a name brought to the Americas by enslaved Africans.

The exhibition and accompanying catalog are a direct response to a 2017 order from President Trump that two million protected acres in Utah be made available for resource extraction. In 2018, motivated by what was the largest rollback of public lands protection in United States history, Ms. Rattazzi began in earnest to photograph the dramatic landscape.

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