PHOTO CAPTIONS: Items from the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia comprise “Hateful Things and More,” an exhibition now on display in Ferris State University's Fine Art Gallery. The exhibit continues through Saturday, Feb. 23, with a reception planned for Friday, Feb. 15, beginning at 5 p.m.
A traveling exhibit from Ferris State University’s Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia has been augmented by recently-donated images from leading American photographers David Levinthal and Bruce Davidson. The “Hateful Things and More” exhibition debuted Friday, Jan. 18 in Ferris’ Fine Art Gallery and runs through Saturday, Feb. 23.
Carrie Weis, director of the gallery and museum, said that collaboration with the Jim Crow Museum is aligned with the Fine Art Gallery’s mission, which includes promoting the scholarly examination of historical and contemporary expressions of racism. Weis noted that the exhibit is open to the public.
“The museum staff selected three displays, using a total of eight images from Levinthal and Davidson’s works, to be included in this exhibit,” Weis said. “We are excited to draw attention to these new collections during the university’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration and the observance of Black History Month.”
The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., each Saturday, through Feb. 23. A reception is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15 beginning at 5 p.m. Weis noted that Ferris Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion David Pilgrim, the founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum, will offer comments at that event at approximately 5:30 p.m.
“The new displays support issues addressed in the original Hateful Things traveling exhibit, which are subjects presented through a photojournalist’s lens,” Weis said. “That includes stark images of the master/slave dichotomy and the realities of everyday life for blacks living in segregated Harlem.”
The Fine Art Gallery is located in Room 205 of the University Center.