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Photography review

‘Kennedy to Kent State’: When a decade is more than just a decade

WORCESTER — Let’s begin with two disclaimers.

For most people back then, the 1960s weren’t “the Sixties.” Yes, there were riots and demonstrations and sex and rock ’n’ roll and general upheaval. But a considerable number of Americans experienced all the uproar only secondhand, either as headlines or on television screens. Among the many virtues of “Kennedy to Kent State: Images of a Generation” is its emphasis on the then-unprecedented role of mass media in both shaping and extending the impact of events in that decade. The show runs through Feb. 3 at the Worcester Art Museum.

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