Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, delivered the invocation prayer at President Obama’s second inauguration on Monday, January 21, and echoed the goals of the Civil Rights movement:
One hundred fifty years after the Emancipation Proclamation and 50 years after the March on Washington, we celebrate the spirit of our ancestors, which has allowed us to move from a nation of unborn hopes and a history of disenfranchised [votes] to today’s expression of a more perfect union…And that the vision of those that came before us and dreamed of this day, that we recognize that their visions still inspire us.
On Sunday, February 17, Founding Curator of Photography and Chief Curator of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Julian Cox will speak about the Civil Rights movement with a special focus on photographer Danny Lyon’s contribution within it.
During his time at the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, as the Curator of Photographs, Cox organized a ground-breaking exhibition and publication titled Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968 (2008).
In an interview with Cox by Art21’s Victoria Lichtendorf, he discusses the collection:
I’d say that the fascination of these kinds of photographs (images that record or refract a specific event or action) are often more complicated than they at first appear to be. Vigilance and responsibility is required on the part of the viewer. Photography is in essence a way of viewing, of framing, the world and it is always just that–a point of view. With this kind of content, there is almost always another side to the story or an inference of another reality beyond the frame.
Within this framework, Cox will speak about the exhibition This World Is Not My Home: Danny Lyon Photographs, which opens this Saturday at SBMA, and the importance of the recently-acquired Civil Rights portfolio produced by Danny Lyon as 20-year old photographer for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
This World Is Not My Home: Danny Lyon Photographs is on view February 16 – June 2.
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