The Roosevelt Island Historical Society
Invites You to the Opening Reception for the Exhibit
Autopsy of a Hospital: Photographs by Charles Giraudet
at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler
Sunday, May 22, 2 pm-4 pm
From 2013-2015, photographer Charles Giraudet documented the final days of Goldwater hospital on Roosevelt Island, before that institution was demolished. Giraudet took some 15,584 photos inside the sprawling 2,106-bed hospital. He photographed every nurses’ station, kitchen, corridor, bedroom, and even the morgue.
Now, NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler, with the assistance of the Architectural League of New York, is sponsoring a show of selected photographs from Giraudet’s collection. The images range from serene and beautiful to dark and disturbing. The opening reception takes place on Sunday, May 22 at the Coler canteen, NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler, 900 Main Street, Roosevelt Island. The show continues at the Coler canteen from Monday, May 23 through Saturday, May 28 from 10 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 4 pm daily.
About the Photographer
Charles Giraudet‘s earliest memory takes place in his father’s photo studio in Paris, France. After completing his architecture studies, he moved to New York and worked on projects large and small for over 15 years. Giraudet came back to photography when he started to look at the camera itself as an architectural artifact—a room that captures light and fragments of life. A small camera collection ensued with which he has taken images around the globe. His interests revolve around concepts familiar to architects—perception, identity, memory, scale, transformation, the body in space, etc.—and the documentation of the human experience as it is manifested in space. From 2013 to 2015 he documented the de-commissioning and demolition of Coler-Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, NY, selections of which were published in the “Album” section of The New York Times.
The reception and show are FREE and open to the public.
DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. After leaving either the tram or the subway station, take the Roosevelt Island red bus to the last stop and walk west (toward Manhattan), then north to the main entrance of the hospital.