Life in America examined in Museum exhibit
October 14, 2002
Indivisible: Stories of American Community
October 27 through December 31, 2002
Opening Reception, October 27, 1 to 3 p.m.
(EDITORS: There will be a press preview of this exhibit Friday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. Additional background on this exhibit, including a photo gallery is available at www.indivisible.org.)
Join the Anchorage Museum for a very special community gathering to celebrate the opening of one this year's most relevant contemporary exhibitions on life in America. On view Oct. 27 - Dec. 31, Indivisible: Stories of American Community is an exploration of community life in America by some of this country's most accomplished photographers, radio producers, and folklorists. Here are the stories of 12 communities where people are coming together to make their small piece of the world a better place to live. Included in the exhibit is a documentary on the efforts of the Anchorage-based Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC) to reduce overfishing and other destructive fishery practices.
Organized by the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, this multi-media, multi-site photographic and oral history documentary exhibit explores the challenges of renewing democracy at the community level. Indivisible's purpose is to create a collective portrait of the spirit of community building and to document the potential of civic engagement to enrich and enhance American society.
Twelve sites from Florida to Alaska have been chosen as subjects for this look at grassroots democracy from the perspective of many of America's most well-known photographers. First-person narratives recorded from individual Americans accompany these images. Their struggles and concerns form around projects that address housing, immigration, environment, women's health, economics, youth, farming, religion, race, the arts, communication and rural life. Indivisible relies upon artistic representation to show individual action in local contexts. As such, the project presents many perspectives and experiences rather than a single point of view. Consequently, each member of the audience is likely to experience Indivisible differently.
Alaska stories featured in Indivisible In 1993, Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea coastal residents and others dependent on marine resources for their livelihood organized the Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC) to educate and collaborate with business, environmental, and regulatory groups and local communities to protect and restore marine habitat. Among other accomplishments, the AMCC led the statewide, grassroots effort to set limits and curtail over-fishing. Their story is told in this exhibit through images and personal narratives.
Learn more about the communities featured in this inspiring exhibition when Tom Rankin, director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, speaks about the process of capturing their stories on film and audio. His talk will follow the exhibition's opening reception at 3 p.m. in the Auditorium on Oct. 27. The Museum has organized a series of programs highlighting four of the topic areas included in the Indivisible project: Alaska Fisheries Conservation, midwifery, and urban revitalization through the arts.
In November, join the Museum for a series of lectures highlighting topics explored in the Indivisible project. Each program begins at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium.
November 3 - Alaska Fisheries
Indivisible project interviewer and folklorist Jens Lund will
discuss his involvement with the program and the efforts of the
Anchorage-based Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC) to reduce
overfishing and other destructive fishery practices highlighted in the Indivisible exhibit.
November 10 - Midwifery
Cultural anthropologist and midwifery expert Robbie David-Floyd will
speak about the status of midwifery in America. Following the lecture,
she will be joined by Alaskans active in midwifery to discuss where the
profession has been and where it is going in locally.
November 17 - Urban Revitalization and the Arts German Wilson, theater director of the Village of Arts and Humanities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will explore the magic of theater as an education tool. The Village's award-winning effort to achieve urban revitalization through the arts has been emulated across the country. A panel discussion with local groups promoting the revitalization of Anchorage through the arts will follow.
Indivisible is a project of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, in partnership with the Center for Creative Photography and The University of Arizona. Indivisible is funded by the Pew Charitable Trust. For more information, call 343-4326.