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High Museum of Art Civil Rights Photography Collection

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High Museum of Art Civil Rights Photography Collection


Ways of Seeing: Art History, Curating and Museums examines selected examples of African American and Western art. Via an online immersive course, students learn the role of curators, are introduced to museums, and engage with the High Museum of Art, art and archival collections in the Atlanta University Center and other significant collections. Diversity of the museum and its staff as well as its changing audiences is explored. Students prepare to be art historians and/or curators by completing exhibition projects drawn from the High Museum of Art’s collection. The course is taught through a hybrid of synchronous and asynchronous delivery.

Artworks in this collection are selected from the High Museum of Art's Civil Rights Photography Collection. With over three hundred works, the High Museum holds one of the country’s most significant collections of photographs documenting the civil rights movement. These images were made by committed artists, activists, and journalists who risked injury, arrest, and even death to document this critical moment of change in our nation. The collection includes documentation of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the activities of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, along with deep holdings by Gordon Parks, Ernest Withers, Danny Lyon, Bruce Davidson, Leonard Freed, and Charles Moore.


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