CANCELLED: Jill Freedman: Resurrection City
Thursday March 29: 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Unfortunately, due to unforseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled.
The Poor People’s Campaign of 1968, organized by Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and carried out under the leadership of Ralph Abernathy, was a moment of infamy, beautifully captured by photographer Jill Freedman in her collection Old News: Resurrection City. She documented the three thousand people who camped out for six week in a makeshift town, dubbed Resurrection City, and participated in daily protests. Jill lived in the encampment for the duration of the six weeks, taking photos of the residents, their daily lives, their protests and their eviction.
This new 50th-anniversary edition of the book reprints most of the photographs from the original publication, with improved printing and an updated design. Two introductory essays have been added, by John Edwin Mason, historian of African history and the history of photography at the University of Virginia, and by Aaron Bryant, Curator of Photography at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Join us in our second floor Art Department as Jill shares and signs copies of this updated collection! Jill will be interviewed by Wesley Lowery, Pulitzer Prize-winning national correspondent covering law enforcement, race and justice for The Washington Post and an on-air contributor for CNN.
Jill Freedman is a documentary photographer whose award-winning work is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the International Center of Photography, George Eastman House, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the New York Public Library, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, among others. She has appeared in solo and group exhibitions throughout the world, and has contributed to many prominent publications. She is best known for her street and documentary photography. She has published seven books: Old News: Resurrection City; Circus Days; Firehouse; Street Cops; A Time That Was: Irish Moments; Jill’s Dogs; and Ireland Ever. Jill Freedman lives and works on the Upper West Side of New York City.