Monday, February 3, 2014

The American Race Crisis lectures

Some years ago I was lucky to be invited by Sean Jacobs and Sasha Dees to give a lecture on “DNA as a work of art” at the New School Graduate Program in International Affairs.

The New School is one of the most extraordinary places I had ever lecture and I’ll be eternally thankful to Sean Jacobs and Sasha Dees for inviting me. Now, fifty years after the VOICES OF CRISIS: THE AMERICAN RACE CRISIS LECTURES, THE NEW SCHOOL, 1964.

There will be a series of lectures and presentations commemorating the event from February 12 to March 6, 2014. If you are in the New York area don’t miss this change to be part of history. Opening reception to be held in galleries immediately following the February 12 event.

In 1964, The American Race Crisis lectures brought to The New School leading figures from the civil rights movement. Speakers included Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, James Farmer, Ossie Davis, Louis Lomax, and John Killens, among others. Now, fifty years later, VOICES OF CRISIS tells the story of the American Race Crisis lecture series, featuring exclusive audio, from the series.

Through photographs, documents, transcripts, and audio recordings, including a question and answer with Martin Luther King, Jr., the exhibition sheds light on the behind-the-scenes context of these historic Sheila C. Johnson Design Center Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries.