William Jewell College is hosting “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” a nationally touring civil rights exhibition from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) on the Road. The exhibit is open through May 23 on the college campus in Curry Hall on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Wednesdays until 8 p.m., and on Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Through a compelling assortment of photographs, television clips, art posters and historic artifacts, the exhibit traces how images and media disseminated to the American public transformed the modern civil rights movement and jolted Americans, both black and white, out of a state of denial or complacency. The exhibit is not a history of the civil rights movement, but rather an exploration of an array of artifacts that were influential in shaping Americans’ perceptions of race during the struggle for equality.
The exhibition has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It was curated by Dr. Maurice Berger, research professor at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at the University of Maryland. It was co-organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The exhibit has been adapted and is being toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the oldest regional nonprofit arts organization in the country.
For more information, contact Andy Pratt, Jewell vice president of social responsibility and engagement, at pratta AT william.jewell DOT edu or (816) 415-7557. Further details are available online at www.maaa.org or www.nehontheroad.org.