MONTGOMERY—Artist Charlotta Janssen, whose paintings pay tribute to the men and women who took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Freedom Rides, will be featured in an exhibit at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum starting April 1.
"Threads of a Story: History Inspiring Art" will be on display in the museum's exhibit hall through May 28. The exhibit features paintings that recreate the mug shots of people arrested for their participation in the Bus Boycott and Freedom Rides.
Using oil, acrylics, rust and collage, Janssen re-imagines these arrest mug shots as a tribute to those who took part in the civil rights movement. "Threads of a Story" has been displayed at exhibits in New York and at the Nashville Public Library.
Janssen was born in Maine to German parents living in the U.S. under the Marshall plan. In 1973 the family moved to Iran, and later fled during the 1979 revolution. She studied painting at the University of Arts in Berlin from 1986-1989, later dropping out and travelling the world as a street musician and performance artist. She returned to painting in 1991 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The exhibit hall at the Rosa Parks Museum is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.