Magazine article Humanities

75 Years of Route 66

Magazine article Humanities

75 Years of Route 66

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It was built in 1926, crossed eight states and three time zones, went from Chicago to Santa Monica, and was called "The Mother Road." Route 66 is not marked on most contemporary maps, but its influence on the road culture of the nation is still visible. Opening July 6, to coincide with the seventy-fifth anniversary of Route 66, is a photography exhibition chronicling life along the road in New Mexico between 1970 and today. "'Don't Forget Winona': Route 66 Then and Now" runs through August 10 at Magnifico!Artspace in Albuquerque. It includes photographs by Bill Lucas taken during the 1970s and 80s in Albuquerque, and more recent images from a joint project of Jane Bernard and Polly Brown.

Bernard and Brown began in 1999 to document the entire route through photographs and interviews. What they found along the way surpassed their expectations. Through word-of-mouth they found people still fascinated with the road: from a slew of German tourists who motorcycle across the entire road every summer, to a waitress in California who saw Elvis stop in her diner, to a seventy-year-old man in Arizona who has lived his whole life alongside Route 66, even when he attended barber school in Los Angeles. …

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