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Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America

AUDIENCE: Adults, Teens

RENTAL FEE: $1,800 + shipping for an 8-week booking

SIZE: 950-1,100 sq. feet



“They speak to a time and a place where African-Americans were treated as second-class citizens but lived their lives with dignity...You can read about it and hear people talk about it, but to actually see the images is something entirely different."
- Michèle Gates Moresi, curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, on John Johnson's photographs

The beginning of the 20th-century was a time of great promise and hope for race relations in America. This optimistic era was fueled by what was known at the time as the “New Negro Movement,” a period which set the stage for the Harlem Renaissance. No one better captured the essence of this time of advancement than African American photographer John Johnson.

Johnson primarily used his neighborhood in Lincoln, Nebraska as his canvas to craft powerful portraits of dignity and hope from 1910 to 1925. Equally as important as Johnson’s ennobling images of African Americans are his images of blacks and whites and other racial groups together, an occurrence that was almost unheard of at the time. The Smithsonian recently acquired 60 of these photographs for their collection and will display Johnson's work in three upcoming exhibitions.

A number of the people depicted in Johnson’s photos and their extended families eventually migrated to California. There, they settled in Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Riverside, Blythe and other cities, and became educators, artists and business owners.

Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America is curated by Douglas Keister and presented with support from California State University, Chico. Learn more about the collection on YouTube with the 25-minute documentary "Shadows on Glass."

The exhibition includes:

  • 31 large-scale black and white prints made from the original, century-old glass negatives (hung with velcro)
  • Text panels on the collection, the New Negro Movement, and the photography process
  • Glass negatives and a period-specific camera and tripod
  • A 10-15 minute documentary DVD exploring the provenance of the collection
  • Exhibition press kit with digital images

TOP: "Backyard Picnic," c. 1910-1925. Photograph by John Johnson, from the Douglas Keister Collection. MIDDLE: "Mamie Griffin, 1914"; Family Portrait, c. 1910-1925. Both photographs by John Johnson and from the Douglas Keister Collection. BOTTOM: Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America on display at California State University, Chico.


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September 2, 2018 – October 28, 2018 Museum of Northern California Art, Chico
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