Join us for a talk by photographer Richard Perry in conjunction with his exhibition "Route 66–A Defining Piece of American History" on view at AVA through February 1.
Inspired by John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes
of Wrath, Perry was drawn to capture this iconic American landmark through his
"The road became a metaphor for the violent struggle between the laborers and the owners, the government and the people it was supposed to protect, and the greed and human compassion brought on by the “Dust Bowl” and the depression. Time has taken its toll on many of the original buildings…These reflect what life was and in some ways still is on the original road. The spirit and history of the people and their quest lives on and is accessible to those of us who look closely for it."
"It is my attempt to portray visually what Steinbeck so powerfully captured in words."
Perry began photography about twelve years ago when his granddaughter was born. He has taken classes and workshops at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and has studied under two Guggenheim Fellows.