Art Abstracts: Happy’s Refreshment Stand, Daytona Beach, Florida

Art Abstracts

With over 17,000 objects in the museum’s permanent collection, there are many amazing works that visitors rarely get to see. Take a peek into the vaults and off the walls each Monday with a new Art Abstract!

Happy’s Refreshment Stand, Daytona Beach, Florida by Berenice Abbott

Happy's Refreshment Stand, Daytona Beach, Florida

IMAGE CREDIT | Berenice Abbott, U.S., 1898-1991 | Happy’s Refreshment Stand, Daytona Beach, Florida, 1954 | Gelatin silver print, 9 7/8 x 7 7/8| Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Gift of L. Bradley Camp, 1985

Berenice Abbott spent the summer of 1933 working on a project with architectural historian Henry-Russell Hitchcock. By 1935, Abbott was journeying through Ohio, Pennsylvania, and the Deep South with the purpose of producing photographs that depicted truly American scenes. Her work during that time was reminiscent of the photographs made under the Farm Security Administration. She took on a few projects illustrating American commercial undertakings, and in 1953 made a survey of Route 1 from Fort Kent, Main, to Key West, Florida to document the changes in America from along the highway. 


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