Kodachrome Memory
American Pictures 1972 - 1990
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Kodachrome Memory:  Nathan Benn’s Cape Ann 1978

Cape Ann Museum
27 Pleasant Street

Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

December 27, 2016 – February 19, 2017

Opening Reception and lecture – January 7, 2017

Laurie Cabot, an American Witchcraft High Priestess of Salem, Massachusetts visiting abandoned Dogtown near Gloucester, Massachusetts

Laurie Cabot, an American Witchcraft High Priestess of Salem, Massachusetts visiting abandoned Dogtown near Gloucester, Massachusetts

Neil Rice Ayer, Master of Foxhounds of the Myopia Hunt  at Ledyard Farm, Wenham, Massachusetts

Neil Rice Ayer, Master of Foxhounds of the Myopia Hunt at Ledyard Farm, Wenham, Massachusetts

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Kodachrome Memory:  Both Sides of the Mighty Mississippi

Minnesota Marine Art Museum
800 Riverview Drive

Winona, Minnesota 55987

April 21, 2017 – August 27, 2017

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Mississippi Daughters of the American Revolution stand proudly i

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OverExposed:  A Moment in Florida

HistoryMiami
101 west Flagler Street

Miami, Florida 33130

Opening November 2018

Tourists to the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Florida posing

 

Even if you’ve never seen Nathan Benn’s photographs from the 1970s, they feel somehow familiar–like the refrain of a half-remembered song. With a uniquely American mix of formality and ease, and a color palette so tart you can almost taste it, Benn makes the past vividly–even painfully–present. So there’s nothing nostalgic about his pictures of parades, homecomings, and town meetings, juke joints and barbershops, front porches and back roads, because you are there. Maybe that’s why KODACHROME MEMORY: American Pictures 1972-1990 feels like an instant classic.  – Vince Aletti

KODACHROME MEMORY celebrates the significance of American regional diversity, as it was 30 or 40 years ago before the advent of Internet culture and before the country became one vast strip mall stretching from sea to sea. The seeming inconsequential subject of Benn’s photographs – which are keenly observed and evocative of a time and place – act as metaphors for American culture and values. Although much of Benn’s work was done for a magazine and not gallery walls, his use of color throughout holds its own with artists of the period such as William Eggleston and Stephen Shore.  – Richard Buckley

 

 

 

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