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'American Myth & Memory: David Levinthal Photographs'
Populated with toy cowboys and cavalry, Barbie dolls and baseball players, David Levinthals photographs reference iconic images and events that shaped postwar American society. Despite their playful veneer, Levinthals images provide a lens through which to examine the myths and stereotypes lurking within our most beloved pastimes and enduring heroes. In doing so, Levinthal encourages us to consider the stories we tell about ourselveswhat it means to be strong, beautiful, masculine, feminine, and ultimately, American.
American Myth & Memory: David Levinthal Photographs brings together six of the artists best-known bodies of work to explore some myths found in American popular culture and their place in our collective memory. Created between 1984 and 2018, the series Modern Romance, American Beauties, Wild West, Barbie, Baseball, and History all explore quintessentially American themes and imagery. The exhibition includes more than 70 color photographs drawn from two recent gifts to SAAM. The exhibition is organized by Joanna Marsh, SAAMs Deputy Education Chair, Head of Interpretation and Audience Research.