The Office of Recovery and Reconciliation: Projective Histories in Flood Control and the Mississippi River

Exhibition Opening Talk
Monday October 28

Exhibition October 28 – November 25
Elmaleh, Salon and Corner Galleries
Campbell Hall

This exhibition uses selections from the archives of the US Army Corps of Engineers as a point of departure to explore the material and cultural consequences of flood management in the Lower Mississippi River Basin. Following catastrophic flooding in 1927, the Corps pledged to prevent future flood events, escalating protection efforts with a new suite of federally mandated infrastructure. Publicly the Corps guaranteed progress but internally, the Corps struggled to reconcile management with loss, safety with fragmentation and dislocation. The Corps archives reveal an institution divided, suggesting a host of alternative futures and the starting point for this exhibition.



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