Feb 18, 2017 to Apr 30, 2017
Images of everyday life in 1970s America evoke disco dancing and inflation, protests and bell-bottoms, gas shortages and suburban sprawl. At a time when the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal wore on the national psyche, a burgeoning movement to protect the natural environment was gaining force. Coming this winter to The Durham Museum, Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project, takes a look at the ’70s using 90 remarkable color photographs taken for a federal photography project called Project DOCUMERICA (1971–1977). Created by the Environmental Protection Agency, Project DOCUMERICA was born out of the decade’s environmental awakening, producing striking photographs of many of that era’s environmental problems and achievements. Drawing its inspiration from the Great Depression-era Farm Security Administration photography project, DOCUMERICA photographers created a portrait of America in the early and mid-’70s. About 70 well-known photographers, including John Corn, Lyntha Scott Eiler, Danny Lyon, Flip Schulke and John H. White, completed 115 separate assignments between 1972 and 1977. What emerged was a moving and textured portrait of America. The photos capture the decade’s fashions, trends and lifestyles. From smokestacks to leisure suits, these images are a fascinating time capsule of ’70s America. Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project is a collaboration between the Smithsonian and the National Archives and Records Administration, which now holds the original DOCUMERICA photographic materials and administrative records.
|Cost||$dults: 11.00 Seniors (62+): 8.00 Children (ages 3 - 12): 7.00 Children 2 y|
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