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For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights

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Institution: 

Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Designer: 

Jeanne Ivy Design, LLC

Category: 

Exhibition

Why

This website attempts to comprehensively complement the experience of the physical exhibition, "For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights." The exhibition and its companion website explore the historic role of visual culture in shaping, influencing, and transforming the fight for racial equality and justice in the United States from the late-1940s to the mid-1970s. It array of objects and clips from television and film examines the extent to which the rise of the modern civil rights movement paralleled the birth of television and the popularity of picture magazines and other forms of visual mass media. It looks at a diverse range of images and subject matter—from the startling footage of southern white aggression and black suffering that appeared night after night on television news programs to the photographs of achievers and martyrs in black periodicals.

The website includes a compact, but rich, online version of the exhibition, an extensive online film festival (17 films readily available on DVD and accompanied by short texts by noted scholars), 11 curriculum guides and extensive educational outreach materials (geared to teachers, parents, and families), a page devoted to the "For All the World to See" companion book, and a webpage that has ongoing coverage of press, events, and information on the exhibition's national venues. The website experience is, in many ways, as rich as that of the exhibition, allowing visitors young and old to better understand the role--and power--of visual culture in our everyday lives. The site also encourages new ways of teaching the story of the modern civil rights movement as well as bolstering visual literacy, especially around the complex issue of race.