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Seeing the '60s

For pop-culture enthusiasts and many serious historians, the 1960s in America holds perhaps more mystique and allure than any other decade in the past century. Because of some combination of the Kennedy presidency and assassination, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and perhaps even the rise of modern media, we find ourselves going back to those 10 years in the middle of the 20th century time and time again.

"The Sixties Cubed," a new photography project by former CEPA Gallery director Robert Hirsch, long in the making, encapsulates that period. Hirsch's work, which features images culled from an enormous database presented in stacks of translucent cubes, is spread across two galleries: CEPA, at 617 Main St., and Indigo gallery at 74 Allen St. Both segments run through April 30.

"My purpose is not one of historical archivist or nostalgia," Hirsch wrote in a statement about the work, "but rather to visually stimulate viewers to connect the past and the present to ponder the future."

The Indigo gallery's segment opens with a reception at 6 tonight. For more information, call CEPA Gallery at 856-2717 or visit

-- Colin Dabkowski

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