"My grandmother was institutionalized when she was younger, before I was born," Gordon explains. "It's kind of a forgotten history that younger generations don't know anything about."
Gordon's project started as a senior thesis that focused on just eight institutions, with photographs capturing the haunted quality of these empty, castle-like "asylums," placing structural beauty in stark relief against the sterility and, in some cases, decay inside. Since then, she's captured many more buildings, as well as more historic information. This evening's program, which starts at 6 p.m., will feature not just Gordon's photos, but also more information on mental health, a Q & A session, live music and appetizers. Tickets are $20; for more information, go to theemptyplaces.com or call 818-326-9492.
Sat., April 14, 6-8 p.m., 2012