Archives of American Art opens Six Degrees of Peggy Bacon

. June 26, 2012 . 0 Comments

The Archives of American Art presents Six Degrees of Peggy Bacon “Six Degrees of Peggy Bacon”, an exhibition based on the concept of six degrees of separation with New York artist Peggy Bacon as the central figure. “Six Degrees of Peggy Bacon” will highlight how the collections of the Archives of American Art represent the deep and diverse history of art in the United States and beyond. The exhibition will open June 27 at the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery in the Smithsonian’s Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture and remain on view through Nov. 4.

Six degrees of separation is the theory that anyone in the world is no more than six relationships away from any other person. Playing off the popular culture trivia game, “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” this exhibition will illustrate a chain of relationships through diaries, photographs, letters and the like, all leading to Bacon. “In this age of social media, the exhibition will illustrate the interconnectedness of archival collections” said Liza Kirwin, acting director of the Archives of American Art. The show will feature documents and photographs related to Andy Warhol, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Marcel Duchamp, Frida Kahlo and Judy Chicago, among many others.

The Archives of American Art is the world’s pre-eminent resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in America. For more information, visit the Archives website at

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