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October 27, 2020 - November 23, 2020
JCCC Campus during campus hours; reservation required
Community, Arts & Performances

“As I observe the state of the country, I feel art can be a form of activism to create awareness and bring shared communities together to critically look at ongoing social and political struggles across the nation.”   - Sheila Pree Bright

#1960Now, by internationally known artist Sheila Pree Bright, parallels the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s with the Black Lives Matter movement of today. Bright's striking black-and-white photographs capture the courage of 1960s elder statesmen and the conviction of a new generation of activists.

Installed by students, the exhibit at JCCC invites you to experience:

  • The outdoor photography showcasing Bright’s portraits of leaders of the Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter movements.
  • A video created by Bright, in which she combines footage from the Civil Rights movement with footage from the Black Lives Matter movement for a compelling look across decades in the United States.
  • An interactive opportunity in the FADS vestibule that encourages you to respond to the portraits and video by writing on the “chalkboard” created by Bright and installed by JCCC students.

“It is a rare opportunity for students to be allowed to install art created by such a well-known artist, and even more rare that they get to install it using alternative presentation methods such as public art,” says Tonia Hughes, Associate Professor Film and Photography.

#1960Now is outdoors, but to ensure social distancing, JCCC requires a reservation. The interactive portion inside the vestibule is limited to one person at a time and is only available when FADS is open and staffed. Masks are required while on campus.

On November 19, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art will feature Bright as a Virtual Third Thursday Visiting Artist from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required for this free Zoom event.

1960Now is funded by JCCC’s Department of Fine Arts, Photo and Film and the Kansas Studies Institute.

The Department of Fine Arts, Photo and Film thanks the following JCCC organizations for their support:

  • Black Student Union
  • The Carlsen Center
  • Center for Sustainability
  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force
  • Multicultural Programming Advisory Board
  • Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art