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Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial

Exhibition Dates: August 10–October 17, 2015
Reception + Artist’s Talk: September 17, 2015, 6–9 p.m.
Center for Documentary Studies, Juanita Kreps Gallery
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina
Directions

In 2006, while exploring downtown Montgomery, Alabama, Jessica Ingram found herself standing on the former Court Square slave market. The historical marker presented facts, including the dollar values paid for slaves, but said nothing about the meaning of the place. “I’m from the South and was raised with an awareness of the devastating history of slavery,” says Ingram, “but this site sparked something in me that caught fire.” Curious about other sites, and what hidden histories she might be passing as she drove across the South, Ingram began researching and photographing places where civil rights–era atrocities, Klan activities, and slave trading occurred.

Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial presents thirty of Jessica Ingram’s photographs of locations of historic significance in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee—in Mississippi alone, Medgar Evers’ backyard in Jackson; the Tallahatchie River, where Emmett Till’s body was found; the site of the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner in Neshoba County. The exhibition also presents audio oral histories from Ingram’s interviews with family members, local people, investigators, and journalists who witnessed, were impacted by, and remember these events.
 
Unlike Court Square in Montgomery, there are no markers at most of the places Ingram has documented. As the years pass and the landscape transforms itself in ways both beautiful and banal, all that remains of the events that occurred are the memories and voices of those who lived through them.
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Beyond The Front Porch 2015

Exhibition Dates: April 26October 3, 2015
Project Presentations and BBQ: Sunday, April 26, 2-6 PM
Center for Documentary Studies, University Gallery
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina
Directions

This exhibit features nine large prints that represent the final projects of nine college seniors who will graduate with a CDS Certificate in Documentary Studies. Below are words from the seminar instructor, Alex Harris. Click here to see more information on the students and their projects.

Students in the Documentary Capstone Seminar have the spring semester of their senior year to complete a photographic, video, audio, or multimedia project that is meant to be the culmination of their course work at the Center for Documentary Studies and their four years at Duke (and in one case, UNC–Chapel Hill). This year's class has shown what former Duke President Terry Sanford coined over three decades ago as the unofficial University motto: outrageous ambitions! They are tackling projects —like womanhood at Duke, forming a non-traditional family, the essence of Quaker thought and life, the idea of beauty in relation to aging— that might be reasonable to complete if these students weren't also enrolled in three or four other courses, weren't also involved in various local and national causes, and weren't also taking the time to maintain Duke friendships that will last some for the rest of their lives. 

In completing these capstone projects, students are showing the one quality that is most difficult to achieve for any documentary artist bombarded with life’s daily distractions alongside news of huge and complex problems facing society: they are taking themselves and their own work seriously. This is the quality they will need in order to move beyond university life, to remain aware of the big picture, while maintaining focus on particular subjects and issues they themselves consider to be of vital importance. —Alex Harris, Duke Professor of the Practice of Public Policy and Documentary Studies

CDS Gallery Fall Hours

Monday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m
Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: closed

On occasion, the galleries are closed for installation, maintenance, and university scheduling considerations. Visitors might wish to call 919.660.3663 before they make a special trip to see an exhibition, to ensure that the galleries are open. 
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