The James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown will present “A Time to Break Silence: Pictures of Social Change” beginning Sept. 9, and New Hope photographer Jack Rosen (1923-2006) is featured prominently.
The exhibition includes 31 works that chronicle protests, social movements, and ideological shifts since the 1950s.
Presented for the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s controversial speech entitled “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” the exhibition will be on view in the Bette and Nelson Pfundt Gallery through Feb. 4, 2018.
The show includes New Hope photographer Jack Rosen‘s images of a changing society in southeastern Pennsylvania, along with photographs from Edward Eckstein’s celebrated “Coming of Rage,” and numerous other works from contemporary artists documenting volatile social environments.
Accompanying this diverse set of images are call-to-action quotes from King’s 1967 speech that are echoed in today’s similarly complicated times, say organizers.
“Photographs are a powerful medium to convey social unrest and change, and the historical photographs in this exhibition reveal struggles that are both widely shared and intensely personal,” said Kelsey Halliday Johnson, executive director of the SPACE Gallery in Portland, Maine, and former Michener curatorial fellow in photography and new media, who curated the exhibit. “I know this show will resonate with today’s audiences as much as it will with those who experienced the eras and the turmoil depicted in these photographs.”
Lisa Tremper Hanover, director and CEO of the Michener Art Museum, added: “‘These images are especially meaningful in today’s social and political landscape and give us pause as we continue to navigate important issues in our nation and in the world.”
The Michener Art Museum will host a gallery talk with artist Ed Eckstein on Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. The James A. Michener Art Museum is located at 128 S. Pine St. in Doylestown; phone (215) 340-9800 for more info.