Rochester, N.Y., November 4, 2014—George Eastman House has received a grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation in the amount of $40,000 to support the exhibition Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project, which opened on Saturday, November 1 and will run through January 25, 2015.
The grant award helped George Eastman House bring Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project to Rochester in order to promote awareness and understanding of racial issues that often divide communities to this day. Chicago-based photographer Dawoud Bey’s The Birmingham Project is a reflection on the September 15, 1963, bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. This event resulted in the deaths of six African American adolescents, some of the youngest victims of the violence during the Civil Rights Movement: Addie Mae Collins (14), Denise McNair (11), Carole Robertson (14), and Cynthia Wesley (14), who were in the church at the time of the bombing, and Virgil Ware (13) and Johnny Robinson (16), who lost their lives as a result of the ensuing violence.
“The Birmingham Project thoughtfully honors the lives lost and fosters dialog on racial issues of today. We are grateful that the Rochester Area Community Foundation has offered to help share this timely, relevant and compelling exhibition with the entire community,” said Bruce Barnes, Ron and Donna Fielding Director, George Eastman House. “With the recent events that took place in Ferguson, Missouri, it is important to underscore the need for exposure, education, and dialog around racial issues that still seriously impact communities today.”
The public is invited to a conversation with Dawoud Bey and Curator-in-Charge of the Department of Photography, Lisa Hostetler on Thursday, November 6 at 6 p.m. The conversation will be held in the museum’s Dryden Theatre and followed by a Q&A and book signing. The galleries will be open until 8 p.m. Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for students with ID. For more information about Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project, visit eastmanhouse.org.
About The Rochester Area Community Foundation
The Community Foundation works to improve the quality of life in the greater Rochester region by evaluating and addressing community issues, promoting responsible philanthropy, and connecting donors to the critical needs of the community. For more information, visit www.racf.org.
About George Eastman House
George Eastman House holds unparalleled collections, totaling more than four million objects, of photographs, motion pictures, cameras and technology, and photographically illustrated books. Established as an independent non-profit institution in 1947, it is the world’s oldest photography museum and third largest film archive in the United States. The museum is in Rochester, NY, and includes the National Historic Landmark house and gardens of George Eastman, the philanthropist and father of popular photography and motion picture film. Learn more at eastmanhouse.org.