There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
We usually think of the Depression and World War II in terms of black-and-white photos. The Library of Congress’ current exhibition, “Bound for Glory: America in Color 1939–43,” shifts viewers from a quasi-romanticized Life magazine perspective to one that, through telling colorful detail, makes the past experiences of American farm and factory workers vibrantly real. Jack Delano’s Kodachrome image of Georgia sharecroppers suggests midsummer’s intense heat with the field’s red baked clay and the workers’ yellow straw hats, worn to shield against the light of the hazy blue sky. Alfred T. Palmer’s photograph of a woman drilling a bit into a large sheet of metal shows a worker determined to maintain her feminine appearance with a green stone ring and bright-red nails; her chipped polish indicates that, to get the job done, some things have got to slide. The show is on view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (to Nov. 26; see City List for other dates) at the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-4604. (Hetty Lipscomb)