The Summer of ’68: Photographing the Black Panthers

30 Jul 2015 – 17 Jan 2016

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The Norton Museum of Art announces its new exhibition, The Summer of ’68: Photographing the Black Panthers, featuring a collection of 22 photographs by husband-and-wife team Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch.


Recent additions to the Museum Collection, these photographs chronicling the lives and work of the controversial, California-based group’s members have never been exhibited at the Norton. The show opens July 30 and will be on view through January 17, 2016. 

The photographs span a variety of subject matter that document the activity of the Black Panther Party during the tumultuous summer of 1968. The exhibit highlights the organization’s work as a catalyst for social change in the community of Oakland, CA. During this time, the Black Panther Party was seen by most of the United States as a violent, militant organization. Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch, in their own distinctive styles, took it upon themselves to portray the party in a different light.

The Summer of ’68 was organized by the Norton’s 2015 Summer Interns with the help of the Museum’s Education and Curatorial Departments. This summer’s interns are: Claire Hurley, who will be a junior at the University of Virginia; Lily Harants, a rising senior at Hofstra University; Lauren Plawecki, entering her senior year at the University of Michigan; and Emilia Garber, a recent graduate of Ohio University. 


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