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Marisol (American, b. France, 1930-2016); Women’s Equality from Kent Bicentennial Portfolio Spirit of Independence, 1975; lithograph on paper; Gift of Lorillard, a Division of Loew’s Theatres, Inc., 1977.21; © 2020 Estate of Marisol / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The works in the exhibition are part of the Kent Bicentennial Portfolio: Spirit of Independence, published in 1975 by Lorillard, A Division of Loews Theatres, Inc. and the same producers as Kent cigarettes, in order to “help illuminate the American experience as a contemporary expression of the meaning of our country’s independence.” Participating artists responded to the question: “What does independence mean to me?” in anticipation of the nation’s 200th anniversary. The works offer a glimpse into the mindset of artists in 1976 and pave a way for the viewer to consider how the nation and the notions of independence have evolved into the 21st century.

This exhibition is organized by Telfair Museums and curated by Erin Dunn, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

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