THE WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION PRESENTS:

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Douglas Ellington:  Asheville's Boomtown Architect Exhibition
Open to the Public through May 25, 2014
 
Asheville's economic and building boom of the 1920s created a rarified atmosphere, unique within western North Carolina.  Douglas Ellington is chiefly known as the architect who changed Asheville into an Art Deco showplace.  The combination of available architectural commissions, Asheville's dream to be "modern" and the growing influences of art deco fed Ellington's creativity.  With his ability to combine architectural styles, he produced a series of one of a kind buildings--buildings which changed the face of Asheville.
 

 
HILLBILLY LAND:  MYTH AND REALITY OF APPALACHIAN CULTURE
EXHIBITION TO OPEN ON
SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2014

The Hillbilly Land exhibition will explore the power, prevalence, and persistence of the hillbilly stereotype from the days of its beginnings in the late 19th century to the present day.  The exhibition will take a unique approach by focusing on photography featuring the people of the region, some of them stereotypical images, combined with poetry and short prose pieces that challenge and complicate these stereotypes.

The hillbilly stereotype is one that is alive and well in American popular culture as a quick survey of the cable dial reveals with such shows as "Moonshiners," "Appalachian Outlaws," "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," and countless others.  Surprisingly, it is one often displayed among educated sorts here in Western North Carolina who would never dream of disparaging any minority or "out group,: but do not hesitate to characterize native Western North Carolinians as a group as ignorant, in-bred, hopelessly retrograde, violent, quilt-making, banjo-picking, snake-handling, moonshining/meth-making rednecks.

A full series of programs will accompany this exhibition including a panel discussion, films, lectures and cultural performances.  More information about programming will follow.


 



 

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