Civil Rights Era Photography is Subject of Illustrated Program

Posted: Monday, 28 January 2008

Montgomery, AL – Photography of the Civil Rights era will be the subject of an illustrated lecture at 12 p.m. Feb. 6 in Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum Auditorium

The event, sponsored by Troy University’s Rosa Parks Library and Museum, is free and open to the public.

Julian Cox, curator of photography at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, will present “Bearing Witness: Photography and the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968.” His discussion will be based on research for “Road to Freedom,” a major exhibition and catalogue forthcoming at the High, which has the nation’s most comprehensive holding of Civil Rights-related photographs. Cox will also discuss the role of photography in media culture during the 1960s.

Cox holds degrees in art history and in the history of photography from the University of Manchester and the University College of Wales. He is the author of several books and articles on photography. Cox was a curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles before his appointment to the High in 2005.

The lecture is part of New Perspectives: Alabama Art in the Open, a series of lectures held in communities around the state. The series is co-sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Auburn University with major funding from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.