"NOW" Opening Reception (photos)

March 13, 2018


Photos from the opening reception for Now: The Call and Look of Freedom at Tougaloo College. 


About the exhibition:


In commemoration of the 1960s rally cry “Freedom Now” and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Now: The Call and Look of Freedom spotlights the urgency, self-determination, and hope of the African-American liberation movement through the visual arts. Drawing from the holdings of Tougaloo College, the Mississippi Museum of Art, and private collections, this inaugural exhibition of the Art & Civil Rights Initiative underscores the interrelationship of our past and current civil and human rights struggles. Now features works of art by leading figures whose careers have centered on the African-American experience, such as Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Betye Saar, and Ernest Withers, as well as expressions by younger artists. As the exhibition explores the abrupt yet protracted nature of this “now,” it highlights issues of identity, power, and the profound desire to live freely. Curated by LaTanya Autry, Curator of Art & Civil Rights for the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College.

This exhibition is presented as part of the Art & Civil Rights Initiative, a partnership of the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College that presents joint exhibitions and programs, and facilitates increased scholarship surrounding the Tougaloo Art Collection.


The Art & Civil Rights Initiative is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. 


See the exhibition:

February 15 – May 15, 2018
Tougaloo College Art Gallery
The Bennie G. Thompson Academic & Civil Rights Research Center

Gallery hours 
Wednesday 10 AM - noon
Thursday 3 - 5 PM
by appointment for groups


For group visits, contact:
LaTanya Autry, Curator of Art & Civil Rights

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