Join us for a free curator-led tour of the Newberry’s newest exhibit, “Photographing Freetowns: African American Kentucky through the Lens of Helen Balfour Morrison, 1935-1946.”
Morrison’s photographs chart the daily lives of the descendants of the freedmen who settled Kentucky’s freetowns after the Civil War, picturing their work, domestic rituals, and social life. At the same time, her work prompts viewers to examine the relationship between photographer and photographed. This relationship lay at the intersection of race, gender, and a Depression-era documentary ethos that blurred the lines between art, journalism, and advocacy.
“Photographing Freetowns” will be open through April 15