Freedom through the Eyes of Bus Boycotters Comes to the G.W. Car - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Freedom through the Eyes of Bus Boycotters Comes to the G.W. Carver Interpretive Museum

"Freedom Riders and Bus Boycotters: Threads of a Story" is the first major exhibition to be housed at the G.W. Carver Interpretive Museum.  The Exhibition presents the stories of Civil Rights activists who were bold enough to stand for justice by riding buses into the segregated south, paving the way for integration, via a very unique and shocking perspective…their mug shots.

The creative work of renowned artist Charlotta Janssen, the Exhibition "features paintings from mug shots of famous and non famous people arrested during two incidents amidst the civil rights movement demanding desegregation and equal rights for all."  Each portrait, visually derived from the grainy, unadorned mug shots captured at the time of arrest, has been brought to life by Janssen with brush strokes, newspaper collage embellishments, and a simple yet powerful color combination. 

As Janssen put it in her own words, "…the Freedom Riders took a hold of me. Mug shots that had preserved the reciprocity of confrontation - being confronted by injustice whilst confronting it for its injustice drew me in. Intuitively I added collage to convey a feeling for the time and the severity of the moment these images were taken, creating a context of noise and music."

As an addition to the Exhibition, there will be a meet and greet with one of the bus boycotters featured in Janssen's compelling collection.  The date and time of this event is TBD.

"Freedom Riders and Bus Boycotters: Threads of a Story" is curated by famed muralist Wes Hardin.

Source: G.W. Carver Interpretive Museum;

  • NewsMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT Update: Flooding rains possible through Tuesday

    FIRST ALERT Update: Flooding rains possible through Tuesday

    Saturday, May 26 2018 10:17 AM EDT2018-05-26 14:17:18 GMT
    Source: Fred Hunter/WBRCSource: Fred Hunter/WBRC
    Source: Fred Hunter/WBRCSource: Fred Hunter/WBRC

    Rain and thunderstorms will again be most prevalent during the afternoon and early evening due to the heat and bountiful moisture in place over Alabama. Beyond Saturday, all eyes will turn toward the Gulf as Alberto is forecast to take a northwesterly turn, leading it near the Alabama Gulf Coast by early next week.

    More >>

    Rain and thunderstorms will again be most prevalent during the afternoon and early evening due to the heat and bountiful moisture in place over Alabama. Beyond Saturday, all eyes will turn toward the Gulf as Alberto is forecast to take a northwesterly turn, leading it near the Alabama Gulf Coast by early next week.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT: A rainy holiday weekend ahead

    FIRST ALERT: A rainy holiday weekend ahead

    Saturday, May 26 2018 6:20 AM EDT2018-05-26 10:20:01 GMT
    Source: Fred Hunter/WBRCSource: Fred Hunter/WBRC

    Patchy, dense fog will continue through 9 a.m. Saturday morning. A very moist air mass will continue across Central Alabama into next week, and there is a potential for localized areas of heavy rainfall each day.

    More >>

    Patchy, dense fog will continue through 9 a.m. Saturday morning. A very moist air mass will continue across Central Alabama into next week, and there is a potential for localized areas of heavy rainfall each day.

    More >>
  • Fairfield working to unclog storm drains after homes flooded

    Fairfield working to unclog storm drains after homes flooded

    Friday, May 25 2018 11:45 PM EDT2018-05-26 03:45:42 GMT
    (Source: WBRC Video)(Source: WBRC Video)
    (Source: WBRC Video)(Source: WBRC Video)

    This week, the city council passed a resolution that would immediately appropriate funds to hire a contractor that will help with clean up and maintenance of storm drains in the affected areas across the city.

    More >>

    This week, the city council passed a resolution that would immediately appropriate funds to hire a contractor that will help with clean up and maintenance of storm drains in the affected areas across the city.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly