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Pensacola Museum of Art announces fall exhibition: DocuFlorida

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The University of West Florida Pensacola Museum of Art announces the digital exhibition “DocuFlorida.” The exhibition will be on view through Feb. 4, 2018 in the Stairwell Gallery located on the second floor of the museum. “DocuFlorida” features photographic and image-based work and is focused on the current environment and landscapes of Florida, the Gulf Coast and the Southeast Region of the U.S. The exhibition is intended as an iteration of “Documerica,” the photographic documentary project that was sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency in the 1970s.

“Documerica” documented the environment as framed by larger systems of change. Established in 1971, the Environmental Protection Agency hired more than 100 photographers to document specific issues and interactions with the environment. In a time of political uncertainty, deception and intrigue, North America’s land and waterways suffered from neglect. Through photographs, “Documerica” became a project of investigation to fuel a movement for change and a vital archive of our mutable environment.

“DocuFlorida” explores similar conditions with a focus on the local; an interpretive lens that addresses the socio-cultural and socio-spatial conditions of natural and built environments of our larger region, which is deeply informed by river systems, gulf waters and their associated industries and economic enterprises. Established, emerging, nascent artists and image-makers answered a call for art that considered what landscapes shaped their lives and how the camera mediates these environments in vernacular and abstract forms. By zooming in on a coastal and local level, the exhibition examines these points of view alongside our global communities at large.

Located at 407 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Pensacola, the Pensacola Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Wednesday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. For more information about the Pensacola Museum of Art, call 850.432.6247 or visit pensacolamuseum.org.

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