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Art March, 17 2010

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights

The Civil Rights movement is subject of an exciting new exhibition at the International Center of Photography.

From the ICP –

A new exhibition at the International Center of Photography will offer an innovative view of the Civil Rights Movement and the catalytic social role played by changing portrayals of African Americans in the 1950s and ‘60s. Through a rich juxtaposition of visual images—including photographs, television and film clips, magazines, newspapers, books, pamphlets and posters—the exhibition shows how strategic interventions in these mediums of visual culture helped to transform prevailing attitudes toward race in America. The exhibition, organized by guest curator Maurice Berger, is titled For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, and will be on view from May 21 to September 12, 2010.

In addition to the exhibition, the ICP will publish a fully illustrated book by Berger with text by Thulani Davis. Most exciting, from my perspective, is that the book will also launch in digital form in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition (www.foralltheworldtosee.org).

Above: Ernest C. Withers, Sanitation Workers Assemble in Front of Clayborn Temple for a Solidarity March, Memphis, TN, March 28, 1968. © Ernest C. Withers, Courtesy Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

(via curated).

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