31
Mar
09

Between Fences exhibit highlights significance of fences in American culture

Kentucky residents are discovering the cultural history behind fences through the Kentucky Humanities Council’s latest Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibit, Between Fences.

Curated by Gregory K. Dreicer of Chicken and Egg Public Projects Inc., Between Fences focuses on every region of the United States. Its subjects include the defining of home, farm and factory; the settling of the United States; and the making of fences. It examines human relationships on an expanding scale; neighbor versus neighbor; gated communities; and the Mexican and Canadian borders of the U.S. The exhibit tells American stories through diverse fence types, including the work fence, the picket fence and the chain link fence.

Kentucky Humanities Council board member Aristofanes Cedeno reads about the northern border at the Georgetown and Scott County Museum exhibit. Kathleen Pool

Kentucky Humanities Council board member Aristofanes Cedeno reads about the northern border at the Georgetown and Scott County Museum exhibit. Kathleen Pool

The exhibit started its tour in Glasgow, Ky., and has worked its way through Georgetown, Pineville and Murray. Some communities have added local exhibits to Between Fences — including photo contests and art exhibits — during its six-week stay in each location.

Between Fences will visit two more Kentucky communities in 2009.

The exhibit is made possible by the Museum on Main Street project — a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. Museum on Main Street is a partnership of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Federation of State Humanities Councils and state humanities councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street is provided by the U.S. Congress. Additional support for Between Fences is provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

On tour

Between Fences will visit these locations before closing in 2009:

  • Wrather West Kentucky Museum, Murray, Calloway County — through April 18
  • Oldham County History Center, La Grange, Oldham County — April 25-June 6
  • Boyle County Public Library, Danville, Boyle County — June 13-July 25
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