Debuting on May 19th 2017, Lisa Kereszi’s “Joe’s Junk Yard” premiered at Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAD) in Detroit, Michigan. The show will run until August 20th, 2017.
“Joe’s Junk Yard” tells the story of an empire built on the steel of crashed El Caminos and used car parts, the effects of a changing economy and shifts in societal values, and the struggle of a first-generation immigrant family to maintain the American Dream. Joe Sr., a first-generation American and boxer-turned-junkman, built a thriving business of used cars and scrap metal during the mid-twentieth century boom times, only to be foiled by a series of tragic events, some originating from within his control, but some from without.
Lisa Kereszi took her first image of her grandfather’s junk yard when she was 16. A graduate of Bard College, she earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Photography from the Yale School of Art in 2000. Her work is displayed in many private and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
Kereszi won the 2005 Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer.