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At the Dance Hall, 1999, by Danny Lyon

At the Dance Hall, 1999, by Danny Lyon. © 1999, Danny Lyon Courtesy of the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.


Indivisible: Stories of American Community

August 10–October 6, 2002

This nationally touring museum exhibition focuses upon the challenges faced by communities in cities across the United States, including Philadelphia’s own Village of Arts and Humanities, the inner-city arts and cultural organization working to rebuild community through creativity and education. Through photography and oral history, the documentary project offers a collective vision of local life and action in America through the experience of twelve diverse communities and their citizens.

Indivisible features the work of twelve leading photographers–Dawoud Bey, Bill Burke, Lucy Capehart, Lynn Davis, Terry Evans, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Lauren Greenfield, Joan Liftin, Reagan Louie, Danny Lyon, Sylvia Plachy, and Eli Reed–and ten noted interviewers who were asked to record and interpret the character of these places and the challenges they face.

Audio handsets feature stories from the communities as they address issues facing people across the U.S., such as housing, immigration, the environment, crime prevention, youth empowerment, race relations, and cultural development. Indivisible includes nationally touring museum and postcard exhibitions, a book, a web site, the formation of archives, and an Educator’s Guide.

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art: August 10–October 6, 2002
  • Anchorage Museum of History and Art: October 28–December 31, 2002

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Indivisible is a project of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, the University of Arizona. This exhibition was organized and circulated by the Center for Creative Photography. Indivisible is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. NBC 10 WCAU is the broadcast media sponsor.

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