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Former Secretary Of State James Baker To Launch ‘Time And The Presidency’ Photography Exhibit At The University Of Virginia

January 12, 2000 -- TIME and The Presidency, an extraordinary photographic exhibition with commentary by noted Time magazine contributor and presidential observer Hugh Sidey, will open at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia on Jan. 31. The exhibit features some of Time magazine's best presidential photographs, capturing memorable and intimate moments of the modern American presidency from Roosevelt to Clinton. American Century Investments of Kansas City, Mo., is the sponsor of the travelling exhibit, which will remain at the Miller Center through March 25 before moving to the Bush, Johnson and Reagan presidential libraries.

Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III will help launch the presidency exhibit with a public forum on Friday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall at the University of Virginia. The title of the forum will be "Making History: A View From Inside the White House." The exhibit and forum are free and open to the public. The Miller Center is located at 2201 Old Ivy Road in Charlottesville. The exhibit opens to the public on Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. Thereafter, the exhibit is open Tuesday-Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until it closes on March 25.

The exhibit features the work of such prominent photographers as Eddie Adams, P.F. Bentley, David Burnett, Michael Evans, Dirck Halstead, David Hume Kennerly, Diana Walker and Hank Walker. Accompanying the photographs are observations by Sidey, who began covering Dwight Eisenhower for Life magazine in 1957 and later became Time’s political and White House correspondent. Sidey has served as Time Washington bureau chief and started his Time column, "The Presidency" in 1966.

"For the last 40 years the presidency has been my life. I have watched and listened and then written about the men who have contended for the job," Sidey said. "And when the victors entered the White House, I went along, a witness to the hourly and daily struggles to make sense out of a difficult world and to nudge our nation forward a bit in their time. I cannot recall a single day in which I was bored. The world goes through the White House, and the presidency as it has evolved has become the single most powerful, creative and important political office in human history. TIME and The Presidency capsulizes this great drama. Every one of us has been a part of this caravan, every life propelled and shaped by the American presidency."

For more information about the exhibit, visit the Miller Center’s website at http://www.virginia.edu/~miller, or take a virtual tour at Time’s www.presidentsonline.com. The websites showcase content from the exhibit and a list of libraries and museums where it will appear. The Miller Center is the fourth of seven locations the exhibition will visit through 2000.

Time is one of the world’s best-known publications, read by more than 31 million people around the globe. Now in its 76th year of publication, Time’s mission is "to help a curious reader work through -- hand in hand with us -- very specific issues, debates and ideas that he or she must form an opinion about in order to be an interesting citizen of the world," says Walter Isaacson, Time’s managing editor. Time also publishes Time Digital, a technology magazine, and Time For Kids, which reaches 2.5 million students in classrooms nationwide.

American Century Investments is a mutual fund company serving nearly two million individual and institutional investors.

The Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia is a nonpartisan research institution dedicated to the study of the American presidency, contemporary political history, and the national and international policies of the United States.

To receive a photo electronically for use with this story contact Margaret Edwards at (804) 924-7889 or me8n@virginia.edu.

Remaining Exhibit Schedule

The Miller Center for Public Affairs
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
January 31 - March 25, 2000

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
College Station, TX
April 1 - June 18, 2000

The Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum
Austin, TX
June 23 -September 24, 2000

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Simi Valley, CA
October-December 2000

Contact: Margaret Edwards, Miller Center of Public Affairs, (804) 924-7889 or Debra Richman, TIME, (212) 522-6856

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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