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UMBC (Baltimore, MD 21250-0001)
Maurice Berger (Project Director: January 2008 to May 2010)
For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights

Planning for a traveling exhibition, a catalog, a film festival, a website, and related educational and public programs exploring how visual images shaped and transformed the fight for civil rights in the U.S.

Organized by Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights represents the first comprehensive exhibition and publication to look at the role played by visual images in shaping, influencing, and transforming the fight for civil rights in the United States. It will look at images in both high and popular culture, tracking the ways they represented race in order to perpetuate the status quo, stimulate dialogue, or change prevailing beliefs and attitudes. It will argue that the birth of the modern civil rights movement in the 1940s was to a great degree coextensive with the birth of television and the rise of picture magazines and other forms of visual mass media, effectively capitalizing on the power of visual images to convince and persuade.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Exhibitions: Planning

Public Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2008 – 11/30/2009