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Art Exhibition: Civil Rights and Student Activism

Saturday, January 25, 2014
1:00pm – 4:30pm

Repeats weekly on Sunday and Saturday until 03/29/2014.

Storrs Campus
William Benton Museum of Art

Making the Movement Move: 
Photography, Student Activism, and Civil Rights 

This exhibition highlights the powerful images of Ernest Withers and Danny Lyon, prominent photographers active both as observers of and participants in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s and considers the multifaceted ways visual images contributed to the efforts of young civil rights activists who daringly challenged the status quo.

Pictured: Danny Lyon, Untitled (SNCC sit-in at a Toddle House, Atlanta) (detail), 1963, gelatin silver print, Collection of Sheldron and Helen Seplowitz.


Jan 28, 12:30: Gallery Talk with Ally Johnson, Curator

Feb 6, 7 pm: Film screening and discussion of "Diary of a Student Revolution," a documentary chronicling ten days of student protests on the UConn Storrs campus in 1968. Running time: 58 minutes

Mar 13, 5 pm: Panel discussion of "The Long Civil Rights Movement: Sturuggles Past and Present" with William Jelani Cobb (History), Jane Gordon (Political Science), and Douglas M. spencer (Law). Moderator: Michael Orwicz (Art+Art History). 

Making the Movement Move was organized in collaboration with Professor Michael Orwicz's independent study course and is made possible with generous support from Connecticut Humanities;  Sheldron and Helen Seplowitz; Human Rights Institute, UConn; University of Connecticut Humanities Institute; Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, UConn; and Michael Lee, Lee Gallery.

More information available at:

Admission Fee: Free


Diane Lewis 860-486-1705

William Benton Museum of Art

Benton Museum of Art (primary), Art & Art History, UConn Master Calendar

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