Fifty years ago, the Civil
Rights Act ended legal discrimination against people of color and against
women, bringing American society closer to realizing the promise of its
Constitution. This year, the University Museum Goes Downtown to the Artists
Hand Gallery with an exhibit titled “Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Celebration.”
The exhibit, comprised of works from the museum’s permanent collection, will run April 1 through May 3, 2014. A free public reception at the
Gallery will be held Friday, April 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Movements to abolish
slavery and establish rights for all citizens of the United States recurred
throughout our nation’s early history, with limited results. Although the 14th
Amendment to the Constitution, passed in 1868, extended “equal protection of
the laws” to all citizens, prejudice and social customs denied people of color
and women full legal rights well into the second half of the 20th century.
During the 1950s and
1960s, various local efforts to achieve equal rights converged in a Civil
Rights Movement of national influence that changed hearts and minds. In 1964,
Congress passed and President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation making it
illegal to discriminate against citizens based on race, color, religion, sex,
or national origin. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 opened new opportunities to
women and people of color.
With the exhibition at
Artists Hand Gallery, the University Museum at IUP celebrates this progress
with a selection of American art from its permanent collection. The works on
display include eight pieces created by African American women and a suite of
nine prints by artist Ben Shahn that commemorates the history of the Civil
The Artists Hand Gallery,
located at 732 Philadelphia in downtown Indiana, is open Tuesday and Wednesday,
8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; and Saturday,
9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail email@example.com.
This exhibition is
supported, in part, by the Student Cooperative Association at IUP and by
private donations. The University Museum also receives grant support from the Pennsylvania
Council on the Arts through the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.
Pictured below is a detail photograph of a piece by quilt artist Tina Williams Brewer. Pictured above is a work by Ruby C. Williams.
April 1, 2014–May 3, 2014Artists Hand Gallery, 732 Philadelphia Street, Indiana
Selections from the museum’s permanent collection are on display at the Artists Hand Gallery in Downtown Indiana featuring works exploring the Civil Rights movement in the U.S.
This event is over.
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