@ the Riverside Art Museum

November 6, 2020–June 27, 2021

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“All that you touch, you change. All that you change, changes you. The only lasting truth is Change.”—Octavia Butler

#1960Now is Sheila Pree Bright’s journey documenting the responses to police shootings in Atlanta, Ferguson, Baltimore,  Washington, D.C., and Baton Rouge. Her work shows young social activists taking a stand against the same struggles their parents and grandparents endured during the era of Jim Crow. In 2013, while photographing under-recognized living leaders of the Civil Rights movement, she made a connection between recent times and the climate of the 1960s. This dialog between past and present inspired the project. #1960Now is a series that examines race, gender, and generational divides to raise awareness of millennial perspectives on civil and human rights. As an ongoing series, Bright continues to photograph protests all over the country and the emerging young leaders affiliated with the Black Lives Matter Movement. This exhibition is organized as part of an initiative with the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California.

Sheila Pree Bright is an acclaimed fine-art photographer who describes herself as a visual cultural producer of works that combine a wide range of knowledge of race and contemporary culture. Bright’s work has appeared in the book and exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture, as well as the 2014 feature-length documentary Through the Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. Her photographs have been exhibited at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Smithsonian National Museum of African American Museum, Washington, D.C.; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; and the Leica Gallery in New York. She is the recipient of several awards including the Center Prize (2006). Her work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C., Oppenheimer Collection; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland, KS; National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, GA; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; The Museum of Contemporary Art, GA; and The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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Tell Your Story: #1960Now

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. | Free | Registration required


Join renowned photographic artist Sheila Pree Bright and Inland Empire curator Lisa Henry in conversation about art and the Black Lives Matter movement. Bright’s #1960NOW show will be on exhibit virtually (in person pending lifting of COVID-19 restrictions) at the Riverside Art Museum, November 2020 through March 2021. “Sheila Pree Bright’s striking black-and-white photographs capture the courage and conviction of ’60s elder statesmen and a new generation of activists, offering a powerful reminder that the fight for justice is far from over. #1960Now represents an important new contribution to American protest photography.”

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This is part of the Riverside Public Humanities Hour. Funding for this series has been provided by California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020.

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