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Final Week: Danny Lyon Photography Exhibit

Through April 13, Emily Lowe Gallery

These are the final days to see the Hofstra University Museum exhibition Danny Lyon:  Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement, organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions. Curated by Karen T. Albert, Hofstra University Museum deputy director and chief curator, this is a collection of photographs Lyon took from 1962-1964, capturing some of the most memorable and haunting images of the civil rights movement. 

“March on Washington,” August 28, 1963, gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 in., ©Danny Lyon, New York & Magnum Photos, New York / Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

On display at Emily Lowe Gallery through Thursday, April 13, 2017, the exhibition highlights the events and individuals that Lyon captured as SNCC’s staff photographer.  He was present at some of the most violent and dramatic moments of civil rights history: Black Monday in Danville, Virginia; the aftermath of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham; the March on Washington in 1963; the violent winters of 1963 and 1964 in Atlanta; and the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964. But Lyon’s photographs are more than a record of marches, jailings, and protests. They take us inside the Movement – to the meetings, organizing work, and voter registration drives that were the less visible but no less important side of the struggle. Many people have since forgotten the idealistic and truly multiracial character of the movement’s early years. Lyon’s pictures, taken during the early 1960s, chronicle the Southern Civil Rights Movement at the height of its power.

Funding support has been provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



For more information call (516) 463-5672 or visit the Hofstra University Museum website.

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A Toddle House in Atlanta has the distinction of being occupied during a sit-in by some of the most effective organizers in America when the SNCC staff and supporters take a break from a conference to demonstrate, 1963, gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 in., ©Danny Lyon, New York & Magnum Photos, New York / Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York


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