bob_portrait-edit_web.jpgFORT LAUDERDALE – In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale will present an exhibition featuring the imagery of photographer Bob Adelman. 

The Movement: Bob Adelman and Civil Rights Era Photography, presented by AutoNation, will be on view at NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale through May 17. Featuring 100 black-and-white and color photographs, the exhibition will provide a context in which viewers can revisit these years of struggle and consider how and why certain images have become emblematic of the era.  The exhibit opens 5 p.m. Jan. 18 with keynote speaker Isaac Newton Farris Jr., senior fellow at The Martin Luther King Jr. Center. Reservations are required. A reception follows at 6 p.m., and will feature a performance by Florida Memorial University’s The Ambassador Chorale.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum will present a series of special programs and events until mid-February.
Between 1963 and 1968, Adelman was a photographer for the Congress of Racial Equality, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and other civil rights organizations.  His work granted him unique access to the movement’s most important events and figures, and he forged close ties with such civil rights leaders as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, John Lewis, and James Baldwin.  His work was featured in major publications of the civil rights period.

Events documented in the exhibition include: the Freedom Rides; the 1963 Birmingham demonstrations during which demonstrators were hosed and attacked by police dogs; the 1963 March on Washington, which culminated in Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech; voter registration drives; the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March; and Martin Luther King. Jr. funeral.  A number of the photographs on view in the exhibition have never before been published.

His photographs have been exhibited at the Smithsonian, the American Federation of Arts, and other institutions, and are included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.   He currently lives in Miami Beach.

Related Programs and Events

A series of related programs and events is presented by the museum in conjunction with the exhibition and Black History Month. Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at NSU Museum of Art, One East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale and are free with museum admission. Museum Admission: $10 Adult, $7 Senior and Military, Students (13 -17) and non-NSU College Students $5, Children 12 and under free.

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Friday, Jan. 24 • 11:15 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Film | Bruce Weber: Liberty City is like Paris to Me

Saturday, Jan. 25  • 1 p.m.

NSU Series Performance | Dr. Chetachi Egwu, professor of Performing and Visual Arts, NSU Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences
NSU dancers will perform work inspired by Gregory Porter’s 1960.

Sunday, Jan. 26  • 1 p.m.
NSU Series Lecture l Dr. Delores Smiley, executive director of Diversity and Cultural Affairs, NSU Fischler School of Education
What Does Civil Rights mean in the 21st Century?: A Reclamation of the Proclamation

Saturday, Feb. 1 • 3 p.m.
Lecture by Bob Adelman
Award-winning photographer Bob Adelman will discuss his civil rights era photography.

Saturday, Feb. 8 •Noon – 4 p.m.
Family Day: Building Tolerance through Art
Families will view the history of the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of photographer Bob Adelman and will create their own black & white collage tolerance poster and enjoy story time with guest librarians from the Broward County Main Library at 12:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Families can also view the film Ruby Bridges in the Horvitz Auditorium at 1 p.m. and meet art teachers from the Broward Art Educators Association.  

Saturday, Feb. 8 • 3 p.m.
Performance | Sticks and Stones by Conservatory Prep Senior High School students
Thursday, Feb. 13  • 6:30 p.m.
NSU Series Lecture l Dr. Cyril Blavo
Kente of Ghana