July 4th Celebration, Louisville, Jefferson County, KY

  • Robert K. Hower, July 4th Celebration, Louisville, Jefferson County, KY, 1976, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, ©1976, Robert K. Hower, Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts, 1983.63.786

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
Title
July 4th Celebration, Louisville, Jefferson County, KY
Artist
Date
1976
On View
Not on view.
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)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Exterior – other – parking lot
  • Ceremony – holiday – Fourth of July
  • Ceremony – other – fireworks
  • Cityscape – Kentucky – Louisville
  • Architecture – vehicle – automobile
  • Figure group – male
Object Number
1983.63.786
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI