For All the World to See “On the Road”

The exhibition ends its national tour, but continues in travel size

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights is wrapping up its national tour July 31, at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, MA, but the exhibition isn’t completely over. As part of the “NEH On the Road” program, a truncated version of For All the World to See will continue through 2019.

“NEH On the Road” is a program of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) designed to give small museums and gallery spaces the opportunity to host stunning--often historical--exhibitions previously on display at large institutions. NEH condenses the show to use only 2,000 square feet of space with the help of the exhibition curator, and makes programming available for museums, libraries and schools anywhere in the country.

For All the World to See, organized by UMBC’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and curated by Maurice Berger, is the first comprehensive museum exhibition to explore the historic role played by visual images in shaping, influencing and transforming the fight for civil rights in the United States. Through a host of media--including photographs, television and film, magazines, newspapers, posters, books and pamphlets--the project explores the fight for racial equality and justice from the late-1940s to the mid-1970s. In addition to the traveling exhibition, For All the World to See includes a website, online film festival and richly illustrated companion book.

The exhibition has also been an influence at its host institutions, inspiring additional public programming including “Voices of a Generation: The View from Andover Hill,” a panel discussion at the Addison Gallery of American Art, and For All the World to Hear: Stories of the Struggle for Civil Rights, a traveling production and outreach project of the CADVC, organized by Sandra Abbott, CADVC, in collaboration with Harriet Lynn of the Heritage Theatre Artists’ Consortium in Baltimore, MD.

Travelling CADVC Exhibitions Head Overseas

For All the World to See began its tour at the International Center of Photography in New York City in 2010, and is one of several projects of the CADVC that have travelled extensively. In 2014, some exhibitions will go international.

Beginning September 2014, Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen, will be hosted by the Akademie der Kunste in Berlin, Germany. In the exhibition, Farocki and Paglen investigate forms of military surveillance, espionage, war-making and weaponry, to examine the ways in which military projects have deeply transformed and politicized our relationship to images and the realities they appear to represent. Visibility Machines opens at the CADVC October 24. Discover more about the opening and learn about the work of Farocki and Paglen at UMBC’s Arts and Culture Calendar.

Where Do We Migrate To?, exhibited at the CADVC in the spring of 2011, has been displayed at several institutions in the United States, and will travel to the Varmlands Museum in Karlstad, Sweden, January through April of 2015. Where Do We Migrate To? was curated by Niels Van Tomme, Director of Arts and Media at Provisions Learning Project in Washington, DC, and explores contemporary required mobility as well as experiences of displacement and exile. It examines how intensified situations of transition undermine our notions of settlement and belonging.

Photo: Sepia, November 1959. 13 3/16 x 10 3/16 in. Collection of Civil Rights Archive/CADVC-UMBC, Baltimore, Maryland, 2005.206. This object is the “Featured Artifact” of the “NEH on the Road” exhibition.

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