Signs of the Times: Documenting the Power of the People, 1960 - Today
Prolific Photography Exhibition extended through Nov.30 th 2020 by Popular Demand.
RELEASE: November 9, 2020
Jim Alexander in the gallery- AHampton 2020
Signs of the Times: Documenting the Power of the People, 1960-Today, is an extraordinarily moving exhibit highlighting decades of racial and social injustice through the (literal) lenses of five Atlanta-based photographers. The exhibit documents the nonviolent protests of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s to today’s Black Lives Matter demonstrations and recent protests of police killings. Captured in these powerful moments in history is the raw emotion of black and brown people as they fight against systemic racism and injustice. The Signs of the Times exhibit opened on Sept. 15th and has been extended through Nov. 30, 2020, in the Jack Sinclair Gallery at the ArtsXchange located at 2148 Newnan Street; East Point, GA 30344. Lisa Tuttle, the curator of the gallery, believed that extending the exhibit would allow more people to engage with this powerfully moving exhibition. “This intergenerational exhibit shows the breadth and historical range – from Jim Alexander’s work spanning more than 65 years to Davion Alson’s work as a fresh and booming young artist. We understand that this struggle didn’t just start with George Floyd in 2020; it’s an amazing continuum of time that’s been documented through the contributions of all of these artists,” says Lisa Tuttle. This exhibition is in conjunction with the 2020 Atlanta Celebrates Photography festival.
Say Their Names - Dennis Morton Jr.
The artists featured in the exhibit include Jim Alexander, an award-winning documentary photographer who has spent over fifty years refining what he calls the art of documentary photography. A photojournalist, teacher, activist, Alexander has amassed an impressive collection of Black culture and human rights photographs. He is a 2006 inductee into The HistoryMakers, and in 1995 when the city of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs began its annual "Master Artist" program, Jim Alexander was the first artist to be chosen. Davion Alston, winner of a Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia Working Artist Project fellowship, Alston’s documentary work focuses on social injustice and protests the killing of young black men in America. Sheila P. Bright, an award-winning photographer best known for her works Plastic Bodies, Suburbia, Young Americans, and her most recent series #1960Now. Sheila is the author of #1960Now: Photographs of Civil Rights Activist and Black Lives Matter Protest. Dennis Morton, a photographer whose work is featured in the Fulton County Arts and Culture Public Art program and can be found in multiple Fulton County government buildings. Morton has participated in numerous exhibits throughout Atlanta, and finally Lynsey Weatherspoon, as a member of a modern vanguard of photographers, is often called on to capture heritage and history in real-time. Lynsey Weatherspoon’s work has been exhibited at The African American Museum in Philadelphia and Photoville NYC. She is an awardee of The Lit List, 2018. Weatherspoon’s work has been featured in print and online in The New York Times, USA Today, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, to name a few.
Jam'76 - Dennis Morton Jr.
The ArtsXchange - Southeast Community Cultural Center, in its 37th year, has always been a haven for the arts community in and around Atlanta. Since opening, it has been celebrated as an exemplary and unique center for community, civic, and arts engagement. The ArtsXchange offers event and performance spaces, artist studios, classes, literary events, survival sessions for musicians and visual artists, wellness classes and more. Some of their programs include The Jack Sinclair Gallery, Jikki Riley Community Library, and the Ebon Dooley Art & Justice Awards.
The ArtsXchange requires participants to wear a face mask and social distance while inside the facility. For a complete list of Covid-19 procedures and more info please visit the website at: https://www.artsxchange.org/exhibitions/signs-of-the-times .
Lisa Tuttle in the gallery- AHampton 2020