As part of Black History Month events taking place on campus, CSU, Chico will mount the nation’s first formal exhibit of historical photos of predominantly African American citizens taken in Lincoln, Nebraska between 1910-25.
These photo works, part of the Douglas Keister Collection of Glass Plate Negatives, 1910-25, will be displayed publicly for the first time February 1-24 in the Humanities Center Gallery in an exhibition entitled Black and White in Black and White.
Joel Zimbelman, Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at CSU, Chico, coordinated efforts to bring this historical collection to The Humanities Center Gallery.
“These photographs provide lots of insight into the state of photographic technology and the aesthetics of photography at the beginning of the 20th century,” said Zimbelman. “They also tell us a lot about the socio-economic state of some black families in Nebraska at that time; some hints at the state of race relations and integration/discrimination; as well as a rich tapestry that reveals much about the interpersonal and familial relationships that held sway in this community.”The exhibition and all events associated with it are free and open to the public.
The Humanities Center Gallery is located in Trinity Hall (the “bell tower” building) and will be open during the exhibition Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.