Payne’s gripping photos challenge mainstream portrayal of mental hospitals as places of nightmarish squalor and abuse.
Instead, the images document what were once monuments of civic pride, built with noble intentions by leading architects and physicians, who envisioned asylums as places of refuge, therapy and healing.
The exhibit is the culmination of a six-year project in which Payne was granted unprecedented access to a whopping 70 institutions in 30 states. Since many of these sites no longer exist, the captivating photographs serve as the sites’ final, official record.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. Hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is one not to miss.
A few more images to pique your interest, below.
Drexel’s Asylum: Inside the Closed World of Stated Mental Hospitals
When: Now through October 29
Where: The New Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, 3215 Market Street
More info: www.drexel.edu