1968 exhibit

Artist, activist, poet, and performer T.J.Reddy begins the program for the opening reception of “Everything is Everything” a five decade retrospective of his work. The exhibit at UNC Charlotte’s Projective Eye Gallery at the Center City campus also contains material curated from the T.J. Reddy papers in our archive.

Reddy is known as one of the “Charlotte 3,” a group of young men falsely convicted of the crime of arson four years after The Lazy B Stables, a local stable integrated by Reddy in 1967, which burned to the ground in 1968. The exhibit includes letters to state officials urging the release of the three political prisoners through most of the 1970s.

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Fiat 850 City Taxi Concept, 1968. The work of Autonova caught the attention of Fiat designer and engineer Dante Giacosa who commissioned Pio Manzù to design this compact prototype for a cab with “limited external dimensions, accessibility, visibility, manageability, security and recognizability”. The prototype which was built in 1968 and exhibited at the Turin Motor Show had one long sliding door on the right and a normal opening door for the driver on the left. It could seat three passengers but was a mere 3.2 metres long.

Yesterday, my parents took me to the 1968 Exhibit at the History Center for my birthday and it was phenomenal. And even though Bobby was the focus of ‘68, I still managed to find a couple of JFK decorative plates :) 

The History Center did an amazing job with this exhibit. Entire 1968 styled home sets were constructed featuring vintage furniture and decor, for the viewer to explore.  That was probably one of my favorite parts of the day, watching my parents step into these retro room sets and time warp back to their childhoods. They were enamored with every tiny detail, reliving both public and personal events of the year, it was really touching to watch them get lost in their memories. 

Out of all of my awesome Birthday Week plans, I think this one may have been the best.

Build Me Up Buttercup
The Foundations
Build Me Up Buttercup

“Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations.

There are many great dance songs from 1968, but it’s hard to argue against this one being the single safest bet to get the party rocking. And it’s a great tune for today, since the 1968 Exhibit opening shindig happens tonight in Philly. 

Looking for Somebody
Fleetwood Mac
Looking for Somebody

“Looking for Somebody” by Fleetwood Mac

This Latin-blues hybrid was Peter Green’s dry run for “Black Magic Woman.” But it’s a pretty solid tune in its own right and another reminder just how phenomenal the music of 1968 was.