Little Rock Segregation Photo Exhibit Opens at JBU

Opening reception Jan. 18

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"Target for Intolerance" by Will Counts

Siloam Springs, Arkansas (January 11, 2011) - The work of photojournalist and Arkansas photographer Will Counts will be on display in the upcoming exhibit “Little Rock Central 1957: Photograph by Will Counts” in the JBU Art Gallery.  The show will open with a reception on Tuesday, Jan. 18 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. 


“The images are powerful and often disconcerting, but there is also an element of redemption in the collection,” said Charles Peer, JBU Art Gallery Director. “We are very fortunate to have this collection of historic photographs coming to Northwest Arkansas. It is especially timely with the open of the exhibit following the Jan. 17 celebration of Dr. King’s life.”


Counts is best known for his photographs taken during the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock in 1957. His photographs have been widely recognized as among the most memorable of the twentieth century and his photography “Crisis in Little Rock: Target for Intolerance” took first place in the “New Picture of the Year” contest in 1958 and was chosen by the Encyclopedia Britannica as one of the world’s 50 most memorable photographs from 1950-2000. This photograph, along with 26 other pieces documenting the event will be included in the exhibit.
Even though over fifty years have passed since the Central High crisis, Counts’ original photographs retain the drama and emotion of that most historic event in Little Rock, said Peer


The exhibit will be accompanied by text and audio interviews of several of the participants of the events, excerpts from speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and related music.


The exhibit is a traveling exhibition from The Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock and will be on display from Jan. 18 through Feb. 11. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.-4 p.m. or by special arrangement. The opening reception will be Tuesday Jan. 18, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.


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