Your Number's Up

Photo collection makes statistics very scary.

Coco Montoya blues Eric Clapton
If Running the Numbers doesn't make you want to quit smoking, then Seattle lawyer-turned-shutterbug Chris Jordan doesn't know what will. "Skull With Cigarette" — a print from his photo exhibit, opening today at Oberlin College — depicts 200,000 packs of smokes, to represent the number of Americans who die from lung disease every six months. It's just one of two dozen pictures that expose the statistical truth of American life. "You are confronted by these large-scale images that you feel you can fall into," says Andria Derstine, the museum's curator of Western art. "They have this very potent message." The collection is on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, June 8, at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, 87 North Main Street in Oberlin. Admission is free. Call 440-775-8665 or visit
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Starts: March 11. Continues through June 8, 2008
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