National Building Museum

Exhibition Opening: Investigating Where We Live

Saturday, August 11, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


What was it like being a teenager in Washington, D.C., in 1968? Going to school? Hanging out with friends? Hearing about Dr. King’s assassination and the many responses? Participating in Resurrection City and demonstrations? How does that relate to youth’s experiences in the city 50 years later?

This summer, teens from the D.C. metro area spend five weeks looking back at this historic year through the lens of youth experience and culture, and curate an exhibition that shares their points of view. To broaden their understanding, participants travel to different D.C. neighborhoods and sites significant to 1968, visit museum exhibitions, and meet with artists, historians, and community members who were growing up during that time. To bridge a 50 year gap, teens interview older family members or people in their community about what their experience was like. After documenting their journey through photography, the teen participants become curators, pulling all of their experiences together, and reflect on how their lives in 2018 connect to 1968. Working in studio teams, they collaboratively and individually produce photographs, artwork, installations, and creative writing that express those reflections and connections. Meet Investigating Where We Live teen participants at the exhibition opening reception on Saturday, August 11, 1–3 pm.

Free. All ages. No registration required. 

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