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McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
Knoxville, TN
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McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
The University of Tennessee
1327 Circle Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-3200
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Exhibition

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights

Prints That Kill: Poisonous Plants and Animals


Events

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights
August 31, 2018–October 20, 2018

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, a nationally touring exhibition from NEH on the Road, uses a compelling assortment of photographs, television clips, art posters, and historic artifacts to trace how images and media disseminated to the American public transformed the modern civil rights movement.

“…we had averted our eyes for far too long, turning away from the ugly reality facing us as a nation. Let the world see what I’ve seen.” – Mamie Till Bradley

This visual culture jolted Americans, both black and white, out of a state of denial or complacency. Visitors to the immersive display will explore dozens of compelling and persuasive visual images, including photographs from influential magazines, such as LIFE, JET, and EBONY; CBS news footage; and TV clips from The Ed Sullivan Show.

Also included are civil rights-era objects that exemplify the range of negative and positive imagery—from Aunt Jemima syrup dispensers and 1930s produce advertisements to Jackie Robinson baseball ephemera and 1960s children’s toys with African American portraiture. For All the World to See is not a history of the civil rights movement, but rather an exploration of the vast number of potent images that influenced how Americans perceived race and the struggle for equality.

Some of the images in For All the World to See are graphic in nature. They are included in the exhibition because they were vital to the success of the modern Civil Rights movement.

Prints That Kill: Poisonous Plants and Animals
Through November 19, 2018

This mini-exhibition of prints explores poison in nature, drawing from the museum’s extensive natural history print collection.

The selection of almost 30 prints and a book is on view in the museum’s pull-out cases, and features poisonous animals and plants, including the well-known rattlesnake, and the more obscure manchineel tree, whose fruit is also known as the “death apple.”

Installed as a companion to the museum’s current special exhibition, Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions, the exhibition explores the many guises of poison in the natural history world. From venomous snakes, to birds whose flesh becomes deadly when they eat poisonous plants, to the many toxic plants that can be used as medicine or food, but can also kill if not processed or gathered correctly, the exhibition points out how thousands of years of trial and error has kept humans safe in the natural world.

The exhibit features works by well-known artists such as John James Audubon (American, 1785–1851) and Mark Catesby (British, 1683–1749), but also by lesser-known naturalists like Johann Matthäus Bechstein (German, 1757–1822).

Curated by Catherine Shteynberg, Assistant Director and Curator of Arts & Culture, and co-curated by Gerry Dinkins, Curator of Natural History.

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