Kennedy to Kent State: Images of a Generation

Art - Exhibit

Sunday, September 30, 2012 - Sunday, June 9, 2013

Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
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The Worcester Art Museum presents an exhibition of some of the most powerful American photographs of the 1960, the images through which the country shared that dynamic period and by which it is remembered. All from the museums permanent collection, these photographs were collected by Howard G. Davis, III to recall and reflect upon his memories of the era that had formed his personality. The images date from 1958 to 1975, and include the presidency and assassination of John F.
Kennedy, as well as the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, the American space program and its mission to the moon, the antiwar movement and counterculture.

The exhibition is largely comprised of file photographs, vintage prints used in news media production and design. These were printed by the publishers, and used in editing meetings, for layout, and even as camera art in newspaper and magazine production. In the 1990s, when news publishing corporations began to digitize imaging and reproduction functions and build electronic libraries, these objects were discarded or released onto the market. Some of the photographs are pristine, while others carry photo lab spotting and touch-ups, editors notes in grease pencil, or the scars of newsroom haste. Other prints are second generation enlargements or wire photos printed along with publication captions. Many of the prints were stamped or inscribed on the back with a record of each use, and in this way they reveal their own history, and carry powerful qualities as artifacts.

Please note: Exhibition opening party / Saturday, September 29, 8-11pm / the galleries will not be open to the public until Sunday, September 30, 11am

Fully-illustrated exhibition catalog available in The Museum Shop.

*The exhibition has been extended until June 9th!

Please visit our website for admission and gallery hours!

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Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School

Phone: 508-799-4406

Last Modified: February 5, 2013 at 12:32 PM

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