Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project runs Sat. May 23 through Aug. 2 at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery
Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project is a powerful exhibit of images of everyday life in 1970s America: disco dancing and inflation, projects and bell-bottoms, gas shortages and suburban sprawl. At a time when the war in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal wore on the national psyche, a burgeoning movement to protect our natural environment was gaining force.
Documentary photographers from the newly-formed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) captured the style, blights and culture of a decade on the brink of the future. They toured the U.S. – from its inner city projects to its threatened grasslands and further.
Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project is on display at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery May 23 – Aug. 2. It’s a full color, close-up look at a decade with unique trends, fashions, problems and achievements.
#HumansOfTopeka, 70s Saturdays & First Fridays
Become a documentary photographer with the gallery’s #HumansOfTopeka project, kicking off with the DOCUMERICA exhibit. Help to create an archive of our city in its current moment. #HumansOfTopeka is a documentary project in partnership with Topeka Metro.
70s Saturdays | Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Gallery
Craft-making was all the rage in the seventies. Take a trip back in time with quirky crafts that explore the decade and its culture.
June 5: 70s-Inspired Night – Search your closet for your best 70s-inspired outfit and disco down to the gallery. Show off your 70s best, take some selfies and join fellow Topekans for viewing the show.
July 3: Bomb Pop Party on the Lawn – Get an early start on your 4th of July celebrations. Spend time listening to sounds of the 70s, play backyard games and enjoy a refreshing bomb pop with friends and family.
Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project is an exhibition created by the National Archives and Records Administration and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
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