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December 1, 2017
ART | library deco Celebrates Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture With Smithsonian Poster Exhibition
The Smithsonian Institution opened its newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture Sept. 24, 2016. The celebration continues and reaches beyond Washington, D.C., as ART | library deco presents “A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture.” The commemorative poster exhibition will be on view online December 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018.
Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, “A Place for All People” highlights key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. From the child-size shackles of a slave and the clothing worn by Carolotta Walls on her first day at Little Rock Central High School to Chuck Berry’s Gibson guitar, “Maybellene,” and the track shoes worn by Olympian Carl Lewis, the exhibition presents a living history that reflects challenge, triumph, faith and hope.
The poster exhibition and related public programs are an opportunity for ART | library deco to showcase its work in sharing the many stories of African American and African diaspora people and their contributions to the local community and the American story.
The journey to establish this museum began a century ago with a call for a national memorial to honor the contributions of African American Civil War veterans. After decades of efforts by private citizens, organizations and members of Congress, federal legislation was passed in 2003 to create the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Since then, thousands of artifacts have been collected to fill the inspiring new building that has risen on the National Mall. Through its exhibitions and programs, the museum provides a shared lens to view the nation’s history and the possibility for hope and healing. It is a place where all can gather to remember, reflect and embrace America’s story: a place for all people. For more information, visit nmaahc.si.edu.
SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for 65 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. For exhibition description and tour schedules, visit sites.si.edu.
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Exhibition on View: December 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018
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(Jefferson City, Missouri - June 2018) ART | library deco will debut its summer digital photography exhibition featuring Jewell Rosebud Mazique on June 7, 2018 thru September 7, 2018. Jewell R. Mazique: The African American Library Clerk will spotlight nearly 20 still-life images taken in 1942 of the activist, writer, library clerk, and mother by John Collier for the U.S. Office of the Coordinator of Information. Additionally, the digital photography exhibition will feature archival materials including scholarly articles, rare documents, and press about her life.
Jewell R. Mazique: The African American Library Clerk, digital photography exhibition stems from a government photography series conducted in 1942 while she was a clerk at the Library of Congress. The photos were taken by John Collier; he was a noted fiction writer, professor, and an American Social Reformer - commissioned to document the lives of everyday working Americans. The photography series was a part of the Office of War Administration led by Roy Emerson Stryker, his unit and the News Bureau merged in 1943 and began capturing images that told stories about World War II, America’s mobilization during the early years of the war, aircrafts, and women in the workforce. Mazique’s documentation was supposed to capture the day in the life of a library clerk, and was mildly received by critics.
Since that time, women have made a huge impact in society and how they are perceived in the workplace and home. Jewell R. Mazique: The African American Library Clerk, provides patrons an intricate look at her life in the public eye and her captivating fashion sense. Mazique was a co-founder of the Capital Transit Campaign in Washington, D.C., a columnist for the Washington D.C. and Baltimore Afro American Newspaper, a Specialist for the Elks Civil Libertie League, and an elected member of the Woman’s Auxiliary to the National Medical Association where she served as the Editor of the Mouthpiece Newsletter and she served on the National Council for the Southern Negro Congress. Mazique was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta. Jewell R. Mazique’s tireless efforts as an activist extends globally.
“In keeping with our dedication to exhibiting and researching work by and about African American librarians, writers, artists, and educators, ART | library deco is pleased to launch a digital photography exhibition featuring an African American library clerk and activist,” says kYmberly Keeton, Senior Digital Art Curator, and Chief Thought Eradicator of the digital African American art library and bookista media group. “I personally learned about Jewell R. Mazique through the ALA Feminist Task Force’ Women’s History Blog and decided that we needed to create an exhibition in her honor.”
A 6-page digital pictorial catalogue accompanies the exhibition, published by ART | library deco exhibition space. The publication includes 18 black and white images. It is available on the exhibition site for $10.
Visit Exhibition Online: https://rebrand.ly/jewellrmazique
Jewell R. Mazique: The African American Library Clerk digital photography exhibition is copyrighted under fair use terms; circulated by ART | library deco exhibition space, and available for physical use at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-USF34-9058-C].
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ART | library deco, sweet as the moment when art went “Pop”, is an online African American digital art library, documenting the visual experience of art and literature through the eyes of various artists and institutions in the United States and abroad. The digital art library was created in May 2013, as a graduate student project by kYmberly Keeton, Founder and Curator. The library features archived exhibitions and collections, art history notes, news, events and reviews. Moreover, students, faculty, and lifelong learners have access to an online comprehensive African American art libguide, online exhibition space, and digital repository. The digital art library is updated monthly with new content.