With Liberty and justice for all

Art and Politics during the 1976 Bicentennial
Douglas Fir Hall on view NOW

What does independence mean to you?  This is a question Americans asked themselves in the mid-1970s, when the country commemorated the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  At the time, the United States was experiencing social, economic, and political turmoil – from the energy crisis to the resignation of a president.  In the midst of this strife, the Bicentennial gave Americans solace and cause for celebration.  Artists joined their compatriots in reflecting upon the meaning of independence and American citizenship. They expressed these themes in works as diverse as America itself. Come explore the Hunter’s newest Collection Focus exhibition.

Colleen Browning (1929-2003), Union Mixer (from the Kent Bicentennial Portfolio), circa 1976, lithograph, 65/125
23 x 35 inches, Gift of the Lorillard Company, HMAA.1976.32, Photo by Todd Stailey