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No Mountains in the Way, 40 Years Later: Kansas Documentary Photography

Larry Schwarm, Douglas County, from the Kansas Documentary Survey Project, 1975. Gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts

 

The Wichita Art Museum is celebrating the 40th anniversary of No Mountains in the Way, 40 Years Later: Kansas Documentary Photography.  James Enyeart, Terry Evans, and Larry Schwarm all roamed rural Kansas in 1975 capturing images of life.   The idea was inspired by the documentary photography undertaken by the federal government in the 1930s and 1940s.  At that time, new federal funding from the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) supported the work showing people working on the land, and the landscapes of Kansas.  The show became part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The show will run through January 3, 2016.  Wednesday, October 28th,  WAM curator, Lisa Volpe will be leading a free gallery talk at 1:00.  More information can be found on the WAM website.

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