The Durham Museum
The Durham Museum’s Lecture Series



What did Archie Bunker say? How entertainment shaped our national identity in the 1970s*
Presented by Shannon Perich • March 21, 5:30 Reception, 6:30 Lecture
This talk will explore intersections of subjects in The DOCUMERICA Photography Project and artifacts from the National Museum of American History to examine how art, sports and entertainment embody, propel, affirm and challenge individual and national identity. Shannon Thomas Perich is the Curator in the Photographic History Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. She is also the Project Director for a new floor dedicated to the history of American Culture opening in 2018. She has curated many exhibitions and authored several books including The Changing Face of Portrait Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital and The Kennedys, featuring Richard Avedon’s photographs of JFK’s family just before his inauguration. She is an occasional blogger for americanhistory.si.edu. Her collecting focus aspires to triangulate photography with an exploration of individual stories and lives, and a larger national narrative.

*Reservations are required and regular museum admission applies; free for members. Please call 402-444-5071 or email reservations@DurhamMuseum.org to reserve your spot.