WOMEN CHANGE AGENTS: PHOTOGRAPHS OF DR. DORIS DERBY, 1963-1972
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA, February 3 to April 5, 2017
Women Change Agents is a timely exhibition inspired by the ability of women, particularly women of color, to inspire positive social change.
Dr. Dorbis Derby’s photographs depict the roles of female Civil Rights leaders, 1963 – 1972. Despite the odds, personal sacrifices, and potential danger for many African Americans, outstanding accomplishments were achieved by these women in the areas of the arts, education, media, health, self-help economics, politics, law, community organization, and student activism.
Dr. Derby is an artist, activist and educator who worked in the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama alongside of Fannie Lou Hamer, Dr. Dorothy Height, Dr. Dorothy Cotton, Dr. Septima Clark, Senator Julian Bond, Congressman John Lewis, Mayor Andrew Young, Reverend Hosea Williams, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others."
"The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) Public Art Services celebrates the completion of the Freedom Park Pathway Public Art Project – Journey to Freedom: Women of the Civil Rights Movement by Lynn Marshall Linnemeier with photographs by Dr. Doris A. Derby, Shelia Turner and Susan Ross. The piece commemorates the contribution of women to the Civil Rights Movement past and present. The project honors the mothers, sisters and daughters of the movement by visually bridging the gap between generations and focusing on the continued commitment to social justice. The piece uses wall murals and figurative silhouettes to honor both women in Atlanta, Georgia and the greater region of the south through a variety of photographs and symbolic motifs, including quilt styled designs."
Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities
February 9 – May 20, 2017
"The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is proud to present Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities. Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971) is perhaps best known for her large-scale elaborate paintings that are adorned with rhinestones, enamel, and colorful acrylics. Combining art historical, political, and pop cultural references she introduces a complex vision of what it means to be a woman and expands common definitions of beauty. Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities, an exhibition featuring photographs, film, and video, is a richly textured, and moving portrait of the multiplicities of womanhood that builds upon the artist’s ongoing reconsideration of black female identity. Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities is organized by the Aspen Art Museum."