July 4th Celebration, Louisville, Jefferson County, KY

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Exhibition Label
Smoke fills the air as fireworks stream down on a Louisville parking lot. Nearby, a group of men huddle around the engine of a wrecked race car, unaware of the festivities surrounding them. Marking the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, Robert Hower juxtaposed two distinctly American traditions: Fourth of July fireworks and automobiles. Hower participated in a photographic survey of Kentucky sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts, which was intended to commemorate this landmark event in U.S. history. A wide range of people posed for his camera, many in front of their homes and with their families, in rural areas of the state that most viewers would otherwise never see.
A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts
Restrictions & Rights
©1976, Robert K. Hower
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Department
Graphic Arts
1976
Object number
1983.63.786
Artist
Robert K. Hower, born Boston, MA 1947
Topic
Architecture\vehicle\automobile
Figure group\male
Ceremony\holiday\Fourth of July
Ceremony\other\fireworks
Cityscape\Kentucky\Louisville
Architecture Exterior\other\parking lot
Medium
gelatin silver print
Dimensions
image: 13 3/4 x 8 5/8 in. (34.9 x 21.9 cm) sheet: 14 in. x 10 7/8 in. (35.5 x 27.6 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Photography-Photoprint