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Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement at Hofstra

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Start Date: January 31, 2017
End Date: April 13, 2017
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm


Location: Hofstra University Museum, 900 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead, NY 11549

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January 31-April 13, 2017


Danny Lyon (American, b. 1942)
March on Washington, August 28, 1963
©Danny Lyon, New York & Magnum Photos
New York / Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Based upon Danny Lyon’s memoir, this exhibition at Hofstra highlights the events and individuals that Lyon captured as SNCC’s staff photographer.  He was present at some of the most violent and dramatic moments of civil rights history: Black Monday in Danville, Virginia; the aftermath of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham; the March on Washington in 1963; the violent winters of 1963 and 1964 in Atlanta; and the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964. But Lyon’s photographs are more than a record of marches, jailings, and protests. They take us inside the Movement – to the meetings, organizing work, and voter registration drives that were the less visible but no less important side of the struggle. Many people have since forgotten the idealistic and truly multiracial character of the movement’s early years. Lyon’s pictures, taken during the early 1960s, chronicle the Southern Civil Rights Movement at the height of its power.

Curated by Karen T. Albert, Hofstra University Museum deputy director and chief curator, this exhibition brings together the photographs Lyon took from 1962-1964, defining a new form of photojournalism in which the image maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Additional specialized programming offered in conjunction with the exhibition includes:

Thursday, March 9, 2017 – 4-5 p.m. Curator’s Talk

Karen T. Albert, Hofstra University Museum deputy director and chief curator, leads a discussion about the exhibition Danny Lyon:  Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement.   $7 general and $5 for seniors (65+).

Wednesday, March 15, 10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. A Poetry Workshop with Connie Roberts
In honor of Creativity Week at Hofstra University, Connie Roberts, Hofstra University adjunct assistant professor of English and published poet, will facilitate a poetry workshop inspired by Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement. Participants will share the poems they create with the group. Limited to a maximum of 12 participants. $7 general and $5 for seniors (65+).

February through May – 1:30-2:30 p.m., families with children ages 5-10 may create their own works of art during Second Saturdays at the Hofstra University Museum Emily Lowe Gallery. Themed topics include: Balance It!; Tell It!; Model It! Advance registration is
required. Program fees: $7 per child per session when prepaid ($9 when paid day of the program); $12 per child for two sessions prepaid; $18 per child for three sessions prepaid; $21 for all FOUR sessions prepaid.

For more information about this exhibit and associated public programs please call (516) 463- 5672 or visit the Hofstra University Museum website at


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