Albany Civil Rights Institute to host Karl Zerbe exhibit

Dec 09, 2014

ALBANY — The Albany Civil Rights Institute will host a special art and photography exhibit Thursday evening documenting the area’s racial struggles during the Civil Right Movement of the 1960s.

###Titled “Civil Right,” the exhibit will be open to the public from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will feature 13 works by painter Karl Zerbe as well as related historic news photography, including a Larry Fuchs photograph of the Ku Klutz Klan.

##Zerbe, who was born in Germany in 1903 and taught art at Florida State University until his retirement in 1971, is best known for his use of the en caustic, or “hot wax” technique of painting. “Civil Right” features works done in acrylic collage and brush drawing.

##Thursday night’s exhibit is being presented by Dr. Linda Van Beck and Doris Austridge from Tallahassee, Fla and will also feature a lecture about the artist and his work.

##According to W. Frank Wilson, director of the Albany Civil Rights Institute, who spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County Monday about the exhibit and the institute itself, one of the reasons for hosting the Zerbe exhibit is because it contains images that tie into what went on in Albany during the Albany Movement.

##“(Zerbe) never set foot in Albany, Ga., but he got images from Albany from the television during the Civil Rights Movement,” said Wilson.

##Wilson said the “Civil Right” exhibit, which is free of charge, is another way for the Civil Rights Institute to continue to tell what he believes is an important story about the city’s past.

The Albany Civil Rights Institute is located at 326 W. Whitney Ave. in downtown Albany and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The institute also hosts a Community Night the fourth Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. and hosts the Freedom Singers who perform second Saturday of each month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


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