70 for 70: Celebrating U.S.-Indonesia Relations (1949-2019)

President Sukarno and Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs Roeslan Abdulgani are greeted by President Dwight Eisenhower at the White House, 1956
Washington, D.C.
National Archives and Records Administration, Still Picture Unit, 306-N-56-8300

70 for 70: Celebrating U.S.-Indonesia Relations (1949-2019), curated by Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., with support from the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, charts the historic and contemporary relationship between the United States and Indonesia. The exhibition commemorates 70 years of U.S.-Indonesian diplomatic bilateral relations in 2019, as well as to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to a strong and continuing partnership.

Advised by David Merrill, President of the U.S-Indonesia Society (USINDO), 70 for 70: Celebrating U.S.-Indonesia Relations (1949-2019) uses 70 facsimiles of archival photographs and ephemera to relay how Indonesia and the United States have bonded through education, trade, security, and the environment, among other topics.

The images, draw off the collections of the National Archives, Getty Images, USAID, the Library of Congress, university libraries, and private collections, among others.

The exhibition will open in Jakarta before traveling to other regions throughout the duration of the year. It can also be seen on an online platform showcasing the events and programs celebrating the 70th Anniversary of U.S.-Indonesia relations.


U.S. Embassy in Jakarta

Project summary

70 for 70: Celebrating U.S.-Indonesia Relations (1949-2019) | April 2020
Regions: East Asia and Pacific
Countries: United States, Indonesia
Impact Areas: Cultural Diplomacy, Education
Program Areas: Culture
Partners: Public Sector