H. John Thompson: Trouble Light



Trouble Light

A solo-exhibition by NAPOLEON founding member H. John Thompson

On May 15, 1934 the RMS Olympic collided with and sank the LV-117, killing seven of the eleven crew members aboard. The RMS Olympic was the sister ship of the RMS Titanic and the LV-117 a light vessel moored on the Nantucket shoal to act as a lighthouse directing incoming and outgoing shipping lanes. The collision occurred at 3.5 miles per hour and was catastrophic for the LV-117. In contrast, Sir Arthur Steel-Maitland, a passenger on the RMS Olympic described the occurrence as “a slight jar.”

This exhibition occupies the moments in time between which the Olympic is spotted by the LV-117 and the inevitable collision of the two ships.

Opening Reception
First Friday, January 6th
6pm – 10pm

319 N 11th Street, 2L
Philadelphia, PA

Exhibition Dates: 1.6.17 – 2.19.17
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 2pm – 6pm or by appointment

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