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Art @ the Center

Art @ the Center

As part of the Center’s mission to nurture the creative expression of a diverse and changing South, we host art exhibits during Spring and Fall semesters known as Art @ the Center. Through multiple modalities such as photographs, paintings, and more we seek to elevate and explore narratives and experiences of the South that may not otherwise be represented.

When present, exhibits are available for viewing at the Love House and Hutchins Forum and are free and open to the public within the working hours of the Center.

Spring 2019 Art Exhibit: I AM A MAN, Civil Rights Photographs, 1960-1970

This spring, our Art @ the Center exhibit features photographs taken during the Civil Rights Movement between 1960 and 1970. The images in this collection offer a glimpse into the courage and brutality of the 1960s, a decade that unleashed hope for the future as well as profound and tumultuous changes. Viewers will recognize photographs of protesters carrying signs with messages such as “I AM A MAN” or sitting at segregated lunch counters as iconic, familiar images associated with the Civil Rights Movement.

Our exhibit is proud to emphasize the role of student activism in the Civil Rights Movement while also featuring organizers, journalists, and ordinary citizens who risked their lives to end Jim Crow segregation within the American South. Collected by an inter-institutional team of researchers led by Professor Emeritus and former Senior Associate Director of CSAS, Bill Ferris, these images were recently hosted at the Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier, France.

Photographs will remain on display through May 2019.

Opening reception

Join us on Friday, February 8, at 5:30 pm at the Love House and Hutchins Forum for the opening reception of “I AM A MAN.”

We will also be joined by a special guest, Doris Derby, an acclaimed photographer of the Civil Rights Movement whose photographs are included in our exhibit. Expect light refreshments and an evening of thoughtful conversation.

This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Previous Exhibits

To read about previous Art @ the Center exhibits, visit our archive.