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Past Exhibits and Events - 2015

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Through the Lens of History: Selma & Civil Rights

September 17, 2015 – February 27, 2016

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Selma marches, Grand Circle Gallery is featuring a collection of James H. Barker’s black and white photographs that document the historic event and subsequent stride forward in the civil rights movement. The exhibit provides a look back into U.S. history and reminds us that the struggle against racial discrimination is still ongoing—and that change can be accomplished when we work together toward a more just society.

The Selma to Montgomery Marches
In March of 1965, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference made Selma, Alabama, the focus of its efforts to register southern black voters. Led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., protesters were met with violent resistance by state and local authorities when they attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery. 600 marchers were beaten back with billy clubs, cattle prods, and tear gas, in what came to be known as “Bloody Sunday.” It was during the third attempt at a march—with the support of President Johnson and protection of the National Guard—that Dr. King successfully marched with 2,000 protesters for 5 days until they reached the steps of Montgomery’s Capitol Building. It was there that he gave a stirring speech in front of 25,000 people, prompting President Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act, which outlawed barriers to voter registration at state and local levels.

About James H. Barker

A native of Pullman, Washington, James H. Barker was working as a technical photographer in 1965 when a member of an ad hoc committee asked him to cover the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. The result is a historic series of photographs documenting the event.

Warm Weather Destinations
Bradford Washburn Photography

May-September, 2015

To celebrate our long-awaited Spring, Grand Circle Gallery is featuring a selection of vintage posters depicting worldwide destinations in pleasant weather. The exhibit provides a country-by-country tour, with breathtaking scenes and iconic representations, including Sevillian dancers, Egyptian shores and the Eiffel Tower. Grand Circle Gallery’s collection of original lithographic posters dates back to the “Golden Age of Travel” – from the late 1800’s to the outbreak of World War II – when posters were used to advertise the glamor of travel.

Remaining on display in the Gallery is the dramatic black-and-white aerial photography of renowned mountaineer Bradford Washburn.

Student Travel Poster Design Exhibit
Winter Destinations
Bradford Washburn & George Daniell Photography

through March 28, 2015

The Gallery is pleased to exhibit the submissions to its 4th Annual Student Travel Poster Design Competition for New England graphic design and photography undergraduates. Entrants chose from the top destinations for Grand Circle Travel, Grand Circle Cruise Line and Overseas Adventure Travel, highlighting a feature of the destination’s history, culture, landscapes or attractions. A panel of Grand Circle associates, including Vice Chairman Harriet Lewis, had the tough job of selecting three winners from 90 impressive entries. Visitors can enjoy taking in all of the students’ designs in the Gallery.

In keeping with our wintry weather, the Gallery is also exhibiting vintage posters promoting cold-weather escapes during the Golden Age of Travel. On view are posters from 1917 to the 1940’s, advertising snowy vacation destinations in the Swiss, Italian and French Alps. The collection includes the work of Swiss poster pioneer Emil Cardinaux, with scenes of St. Moritz and the Jungfrau Railway.

Complementing the posters of winter retreats is the black-and-white aerial photography of explorer Bradford Washburn. His panormas of glaciers, peaks and snowy terrains offer Gallery visitors a breathtaking, virtual adventure.

Selected photographs of Venice and Rome by the renowned George Daniell offer more black & white work to be enjoyed in the Gallery. Daniell’s fascination with capturing romantic Italian culture is evident in these iconic shots.

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