Joseph Norman's Work on Display in Exhibition: "Go Tell It: Civil Rights Photography"

James Baldwin, 1986, Joseph Norman, 10 x 8 in., lithograph, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Chazan, 2000.26, © Joseph Norman.

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s saw major gains in the struggle to end segregation and discrimination against African Americans, as well as many other marginalized groups, including Native Americans, homosexuals, and women. This exhibition features major works from the collection by artists including Dan Budnik, Danny Lyon, Roy deCarava, Robert Frank, Gary Winogrand, Marion Post Wolcott, and others. 

As a contemporary counterpart to these historical works, the exhibition features the work of two artists who examine the racial injustices that persist today, despite the many victories of the Civil Rights Movement. Lamar Dodd School of Art professor Joseph Norman’s sympathetic portraits of gang members in the 1990s question the continued disenfranchisement of young black men, and Shikeith examines the personal, societal, and emotional obstacles faced by black men today through video.

Go Tell It: Civil Rights Photography is on display now until January 2, 2017 at the Seattle Art Museum.

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