People Get Ready: 50 Years of Civil
features more than 35 works from the Museum’s collection by
Elizabeth Catlett, David Levinthal, Gordon Parks, Aminah
Robinson, W. Eugene Smith and others who have illuminated
and challenged prejudice and bigotry through their prints,
photographs and books.
The exhibition is on view June 27–Sept. 21, 2014 in the
Hitchcock Gallery. Admission is free.
One highlight is a series of photographs by Ernest C. Withers,
according to the show’s organizer Thomas Loeffler,
assistant curator for works on paper at the Museum. The
African-American photographer witnessed and documented a number
of significant civil rights events of the late 1960s, including
the first desegregated bus ride in Montgomery, Alabama, and
Martin Luther King’s funeral. The pictures are from the
I Am A Man.
Another highlight is the powerful work of Catlett, who
used her art to promote social change. A number of her prints
are on display. Although the African-American artist left the
country and became a citizen of México, she did not stop
depicting the political struggle for civil rights in the United
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