This special installation project by artist Toni Scott seeks to re-articulate spaces where memories of bondage trouble our present-day notions of ‘home’ and ‘land of the free’. The ordeal of the enslaved in both material and existential terms is important for the public’s understanding of the history of the African American presence in North Carolina and elsewhere. This exhibition provides multiple lenses through which bondage, as well as the will towards freedom, can be viewed, re-imagined and, perhaps, better understood. The installation encourages us to reconnect the themes of freedom and liberty to the lives of enslaved people and to geographies of place and exile; to re-sacralize the ground where ancestors toiled and were buried – to re/discover transformed ‘spaces’ that were capable of redefining what it meant to be a free person, even if only in spirit, in an era where bondage was more often the defining dynamic.
An opening reception will take place Thursday, January 25 at 7pm. The exhibition will be on display in the Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum in the Stone Center
1968 was a year that reshaped American society and American music. It was the year that Marvin Gaye heard it through the grapevine, Janis Joplin gave away another piece of her heart, James Taylor went to Carolina in his mind, and Johnny Cash recorded a landmark concert at Folsom Prison.
The musical legacy of that year is now the topic of an exhibition at UNC’s Wilson Library. “Sounds of ’68: Revolution in the Air” draws from the deep holdings of UNC Libraries’s North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Music Library, and Southern Folklife Collection. It celebrates the recordings and the artists that defined an era.
On view are album covers of classic LPs, reproductions of advertisements published in Billboard magazine and Cashbox, and rare photographs of artists such as Johnny Cash, Odetta, and Thelonious Monk during their North Carolina tours.
At a listening station, visitors will be able to hear entire songs from selected recordings featured in the exhibition, from Aretha Franklin to Frank Zappa.
1968 was a highly charged year. A divisive presidential campaign, the Vietnam War and protests against it, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy all rocked the nation. The exhibition captures a musical scene that reflected deep changes in culture and society—from psychedelic blues to country, and from soul to musical theater and classical composition.
The exhibition includes photographs from the collections of Don Sturkey, Hugh Morton, and the Durham Herald Sun.
A paper by Maziyar Faridi
Faridi is the winner of the inaugural Ferdowsi Tusi Award, presented by the University Libraries and the Persian Studies program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
His scholarly paper examines national identity and history in the cinema of Férydoun Rahnéma (1930-1975), who played a foundational role in the emergence of Iranian New Wave cinema and New Wave Persian poetry [Mowj-e No] in the 1960s and 1970s.
Tea and sweets will be served. Attendees will have the opportunity to view recent acquisitions from the University Libraries’s Persian collections.
About the speaker
Maziyar Faridi is a doctoral candidate in comparative literary studies at Northwestern University. He received his B.A. in English and M.A. in translation studies and English from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in Iran.
During 2015-2016, he was a graduate affiliate of the Paris program in critical theory at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III). At Northwestern, he is a graduate affiliate of the Middle East and North African Studies program, Buffett Institute for Global Studies, and program in critical theory. He is a member of the editorial board of the academic journal, Naqd-e Adabi (Literary Criticism Quarterly) at Tarbiat Modares University.
5:00 p.m. Exhibition viewing, book sales, reception
5:30 p.m. Program
6:30 p.m. Book signing
The program “Bayard Wootten: Then and Now” is the exhibition opening for “‘The joy is in the going.’: Bayard Wootten Photographs North Carolina and The South.” The event will feature talks by Jerry Cotten and Stephen Fletcher and a book signing by Cotten for the reprint edition of Light and Air: The Photography of Bayard Wootten by UNC Press (2017).
Bayard Wootten was North Carolina’s most important photographer in the first half of the 20th century. Her biography Light and Air: The Photography of Bayard Wootten, by Jerry Cotten and published by The University of North Carolina Press in 1998, serves as an excellent overview of her career. The press issued a reprint edition of this book in October 2017. Research tools not available to Cotten have provided additional insights into Wootten’s career.
This event will begin with an introduction to Wootten by Cotten. Stephen Fletcher will then share information about Wootten learned through his research using new tools, and explain some of the challenges that remain with preserving Wootten’s photographic negatives. Attendees will also have an opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed by the author.
The Mary Bayard Morgan Wootten Collection of photographic prints and negatives is a significant collection within the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives at the Wilson Special Collections Library.
An important voice for diverse representation in children’s literature, Kelly Starling Lyons is a local children’s book author and a founding member of the blog, The Brown Bookshelf. Her talk will begin at 5 p.m., with an informal reception to follow.
Questions? Contact Rebecca Vargha, firstname.lastname@example.org, (919) 962-8361.
5:00 p.m. Exhibition viewing, North Carolina Collection Gallery
5:45 p.m. Lecture, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Dr. Kenneth Joel Zogry, author of Print News and Raise Hell: The Daily Tar Heel and the Evolution of a Modern University (UNC Press, February 2018), will deliver the 2018 Gladys Hall Coates University History Lecture.
This year’s lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition The Truth in Eight-Point Type: the Daily Tar Heel Marks 125 Years of Editorial Freedom, on display in the North Carolina Collection Gallery, Wilson Library, March 15 – July 31, 2018.
The Gladys Hall Coates University Lecture honors the late Coates, an avid university historian who, with her husband, Albert Coates, founded UNC’s Institute of Government, now the UNC School of Government.