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St. Bonaventure's Quick Center to commemorate Triangle Fire

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The Triangle Waist Company’s Asch Building after the deadly 1911 fire. Photo courtesy St. Bonaventure University

There's been a flurry of coverage marking the 100th anniversary of the devastating Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, which claimed the lives of 146 people and helped to set off the modern labor movement. On Wednesday, St. Bonaventure University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will open an exhibition of photographs and other material surrounding the fire. The show was organized by St. Bonaventure senior Karen Vester as part of an independent study project.

According to a release, it will feature "photos, personal accounts, documents, and facts detailing the 15-minute tragedy and much of what ensued in the years to follow."

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Quick Center will host a screening of the HBO documentary "Triangle: Remembering the Fire," at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

And coming up a the center on Friday is the unveiling of a "communal art piece" created by 17 St. Bonaventure students. The piece, titled "Earth Song," is made of 34 individual canvases, each inspired by "botanical forms." A musical group known as Bonacoustics will perform their rendition of Michael Jackson's "Earth Song" during the opening.

--Colin Dabkowski

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