UofM’s Hooks Institute and Art Museum Host Exhibit Featuring the Photography of Art Shay

May 24, 2019 - The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis and the Art Museum of the University of Memphis (AMUM) will co-host an exhibit featuring the work of freelance photographer Art Shay at the AMUM from June 24–Oct. 5. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

About the Exhibit

The exhibition features the photographs of Art Shay (1922-2018), a Chicago-based photographer who in the 1960s photographed America's landmark civil rights movement, reflecting a struggle that is not history, but continues today. The exhibition includes 60 photographs depicting the 1965 voter registration effort in Fayette County, Tennessee; political action and unrest in Chicago during the 1960s (including the protests surrounding the 1968 Democratic Convention); and Memphis in 1968 at the time of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Admission is free. Convenient and affordable parking available in the public parking garage on Fogelman Drive or in the Central Avenue parking lot.

About Art Shay

In 1949, Art Shay began landing thousands of assignments for Life, Time, Sports Illustrated and other national publications. In addition to his important series on the civil rights movement in the 1960s, Shay also documented the beautiful (Liz Taylor, Muhammad Ali), the powerful (Richard Nixon, the Kennedys, Richard Daley), and the dangerous (the Chicago mafia). His work is included in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, among others.

About the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute implements its mission of teaching, studying and promoting civil rights and social change through research, education and direct intervention programs. Institute programs include community outreach; funding faculty research initiatives on community issues; implementing community service projects; hosting conferences, symposiums and lectures; and promoting local and national scholarship on civil and human rights. The Hooks Institute is an interdisciplinary center at the University of Memphis. Contributed revenue for the Hooks Institute, including funding from individuals, corporations and foundations, is administered through the University of Memphis Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

About the Art Museum of the University of Memphis

AMUM is a resource and laboratory for students, faculty and the greater Memphis community. It presents interdisciplinary programming throughout the year, permanent installations of Egyptian and sub-Saharan African artifacts, and a wide range of temporary exhibitions. The museum also offers a two-year graduate certificate in Museum Studies.

For more information, visit memphis.edu/benhooks or memphis.edu/amum.


Nathaniel C. Ball l 901.678.3655 | ncball@memphis.edu