November 19, 2016 - February 12, 2017
First Floor: G Street Side
This poetic visual essay explores the changing streetscape of downtown Washington in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s through the urban street photography of Bill Barrett, Chris Earnshaw, and Joseph Mills. The works both reflect and confront each other, providing a sense of the physical and social upheavals experienced by the city in those decades. The exhibition is comprised of three sections:
Mt. Vernon Squared
Fourteen striking photographs taken in the 1960s by William Edmund Barrett, Jr., document the streets radiating from Mt. Vernon Square. The images are part of the Historical Society’s Kiplinger Washington Collection.
Billy Luck’s Downtown
Some 50 “drugstore” prints and a dozen enlarged, sepia reprints by self-described Cowboy Poet Chris Earnshaw capture the facades and faces of the downtown core over a 25-year period.
Nearly 20 hand-varnished photographs by Joseph Mills present unvarnished 1980s street life from 9-to-5ers and F-Street-shoppers to the downtrodden.
In the words of photographer Chris Earnshaw
In January 2016, The Washington Post joined Chris Earnshaw for his gallery show debut at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Earnshaw’s work is also included in District II, the follow-up exhibition presented at the National Building Museum.
January 18: DISTRICT II Wymer’s (Downtown) DC Hackathon
12 - 2 pm
Bring your laptop for this lunchtime session and help update the interactive WymersDC.com web site, focusing on 1940s-1950s images of the area around the Carnegie Library building, Mt. Vernon Square, and downtown D.C. Learn more about how to use this non-profit research tool and volunteer opportunities.
February 9: Carnegie Library Building Tour: Race, Space, and the Power of Place
11:30 am - 12:15 pm
The experiential tour explores how concepts of race and difference impact how citizens are allowed, prohibited, discouraged, or encouraged to share space.
DISTRICT II is organized by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and is presented in partnership with the National Building Museum. The exhibition is made possible through generous support from Events DC and the Newseum.