Where in the ‘Ham?

With the opening of a new exhibition on the horizon, we are turning to our dedicated, city-savvy patrons to help us solve the mystery of some unidentified works of art. Artist Richard Coe’s illustrations of Birmingham in the Great Depression feature landmarks that are still recognizable today, from Sloss’ smoking furnaces to the famous “Heaviest Corner on Earth.” Between our curators and local historians, we’ve been able to positively identify the locations of all but a few remaining places.

We need your help to know Where in the ‘Ham is Coe? If you recognize one of these locations, please let us know by commenting on our Facebook page or by emailing Curator of American Art Kate Crawford.

Magic City Realism: Richard Coe’s Birmingham opens on March 24, 2018. This exhibition is presented by the City of Birmingham, the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and Friends of Magic City Realism.

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Richard B. Coe, American 1904–1978, Corner store with Nehi sign, etching on paper; Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of John Peter Crook McCall and Doy Leale McCall, III, AFI.151.2017