Thunderstorms brought an early end to many of the outdoor activities planned for Columbia’s First Thursday on Main, but inside the Columbia Museum of Art, a crowd of more than 100 ignored the weather and the present for a trip back in time.
The museum hosted a night of 1970s trivia in honor of one of the current exhibitions: “That ’70s Show: Cool Art from the Collection.” Teams competed for prize packs containing items from Main Street businesses as they showed off their knowledge of the decade of Star Wars, Watergate and disco.
“Some of you may not remember the 70s, for various reasons,” joked Lexington County Museum Director J.R. Fennell, who served as one of the night’s quizmasters.
The teams were faced with history questions from Fennell, music questions from Matt Bradley of the Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul, film questions from the Nickelodeon
Theatre’s Amada Torruella, art questions from Museum of Art Curator Catherine Walworth, and literature questions from The Whig’s trivia guru, Eric Bargeron. “It was a good mix,” said participant Ashton Carter. “There were some really hard ones and none of us even had a clue, but some easy ones too.”
Prizes were awarded for top score, best outfit, and best team name. The “That ’70s Show: Cool Art from the Collection” exhibition will remain on display at the museum through September 17. It features various works of art from that decade, with themes from politics and patriotism to music and cultural identity.
The exhibition, according to the museum’s website, “is both a meaningful examination of art and history and a light and fun summer viewing experience.” More information on tickets and museum hours is available online.