The HRM Presents Two Exhibitions This Summer that Explore Social Justice Issues and Equity in Representation

Can I Get A Witness: Photographs by Herb Snitzer
May 31–August 18, 2019

Through Our Eyes: Milestones and Memories of African Americans in Yonkers
May 31–November 3, 2019

The Hudson River Museum is continuing a year of Centennial celebrations with the presentation of two special exhibitions, along with a roster of dynamic public programs, that celebrate diversity, community, and social justice issues. These exhibitions and programs demonstrate the Museum’s ongoing commitment to making our offerings more inclusive and representative of the communities we serve.

Can I Get A Witness: Photographs by Herb Snitzer features a selection of forty-five works from this award-winning, contemporary American photographer. Snitzer’s remarkably broad artistic vision is present in photographs of iconic jazz musicians from the 1950s and 60s—including John Coltrane, Nina Simone, and Miles Davis—images that document the struggle for social equity and equal rights, as well as exultations of the human spirit. The exhibition will also serve to commemorate the 50th anniversary of World Pride. Snitzer is the winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP for his work with social justice causes; his long-held conviction is that “Inequality for one is inequality for all.” His photographs have been featured in LIFE, Fortune, and TIME, among many other publications, and his work is collected by major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Read the full press release.

Through Our Eyes: Milestones and Memories of African Americans in Yonkers is the culmination of a year-long project to collect and celebrate important stories in the Museum’s diverse community. The exhibition will showcase more than 100 years of photographs and objects donated by African Americans whose significant public achievements and poignant personal moments have helped to make Yonkers the vibrant city that it is today. The Museum’s Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellow, Christian Stegall, spent more than seven months researching and interviewing Yonkers residents to collect these important stories. As a result of grassroots examination and community outreach, Stegall collected more than 700 images, many of which will be added to the Museum’s collection. Read the full press release.

The exhibitions are featured on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via the hashtags #CanIGetAWitness, #HerbSnitzer, #ThroughOurEyes and #HRM100.

For more information about our upcoming programs, visit our calendar.