Icons of Freedom
May 24 – August 3, 2014
The William B. and Isabel R. McCarty Foundation Gallery
The faces of the Civil Rights Movement belonged to unrecognized volunteers as well as to the visible leaders of the movement. Artworks in this exhibition portray some of the most celebrated leaders, foot soldiers, and innocent casualties of the fight for freedom in Mississippi and in America during the 1950s and 1960s. Three lithographs by Ben Shahn (1898-1969) are lent by David Goodman of The Andrew Goodman Foundation and depict Civil Rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, who were murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi, in June 1964. Also on view are an etching by John Wilson (born 1922) of Martin Luther King, Jr., portraits of Medgar and Myrlie Evers by Jason Bouldin (born 1965), and an unfinished quilt by Gwendolyn A. Magee (1943-2011) that honors the participants of the historic 1961 Freedom Rides. Cost: Free to the public.
Artwork credit line:
Milly Moorhead West (born 1949), Schwerner, Chaney & Goodman, 1983. chromogenic color print. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art. Purchase. 1997.099. Copyright © the artist.