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Griffith J. Davis. Griff Davis reviews the script for Liberia’s first promotional film “Pepperbird Land” with its narrator, emerging actor Sidney Poitier in Monrovia, Liberia, 1952. Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives.

Griffith J. Davis. Griff Davis reviews the script for Liberia’s first promotional film “Pepperbird Land” with its narrator, emerging actor Sidney Poitier in Monrovia, Liberia, 1952. Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives.

STILL HERE: The Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives in Context

January 22 – March 06, 2021
USF Contemporary Art Museum West Gallery

 

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01/22/2021 - Still Here Opening Celebration + Conversation with Dorothy M. Davis, Christian Viveros-Fauné, and Noel Smith - 6pm EST, Zoom - REGISTER NOW! - https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NSnArvvaQ7OvKoVwGivf8w

 

Still Here: The Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives in Context features rarely seen 1939 to 1988 era photographic imagery of the groundbreaking life and photographic practice of Griff Davis. A pioneer international photographer, journalist, U.S. Senior Foreign Service Officer, and photo-documentarian, Mr. Davis’ artistic and iconic photographs capture historical moments and figures, lifestyles, personalities and people across a spectrum of political, socio-economic and artistic sectors at the vortex of the Civil Rights Movement and the Independence Movement of Africa. His multi-media work will be fully displayed in context with thematically complementary contemporary artworks by artists Romare Bearden, Emory Douglas, Jacob A. Lawrence, Deana Lawson, Zanele Muholi, and Hank Willis Thomas. 

Still Here is curated by Dorothy M. Davis, President of Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives; Christian Viveros-Fauné, CAM Curator at Large; and Noel Smith, CAM Deputy Director and Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Art; and organized by USFCAM.

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Deana Lawson American, born 1979. Binky & Tony Forever, 2009. Pigmented inkjet print (Archival inkjet print), 37 × 43 1/4 in. (94 × 109.9 cm) Museum purchase, 2019, SN11654. Collection of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida, Florida State University, Sarasota, Florida.

Deana Lawson American, born 1979. Binky & Tony Forever, 2009. Pigmented inkjet print (Archival inkjet print), 37 × 43 1/4 in. (94 × 109.9 cm) Museum purchase, 2019, SN11654. Collection of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida, Florida State University, Sarasota, Florida.

Still Here is supported by a USF Understanding and Addressing Blackness and Anti-Black Racism in Our Local, National, and International Communities Research Grant; Susana and Yann Weymouth; Mort and Sara Richter; Major Sponsor The Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation; and the Florida Department of State.