People Get Ready: 50 Years of Civil Rights 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 photographer’s portfolio 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 States.
For more information about the exhibition and related programs, visit toledomuseum.org.