Unsung Heroes (Professor William Earle Williams), A Journey Towards Hope: Underground Railroad Sites in Oberlin, Ohio (Coriana Close), and Emancipation and Denegration (Thomas Nast).
Organized by Professor William Earle Williams of the Fine Arts Department: at The Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Unsung Heroes: African American Soldiers in the Civil War, photography by Professor Williams and Emancipation and Denigration: Thomas Nast and His Colleagues Picture Black America, curated by Jay G. Williams, Professor of Religious Studies at Hamilton College, a collection of wood engravings by the famed 19th-century illustrator and his contemporaries; and in the gallery of the Hurford Humanities Center and the Multicultural Center, A Journey Towards Hope: Underground Railroad Sites in Oberlin, Ohio, photography by Coriana Close.
Unsung Heroes features 61 black-and-white photographs of battle sites in both the North and South and are part of a series that Williams has pursued for more than a decade. The exhibit catalog was published by Light Work (organizers of the show) reproduces 40 images in duotone from the contact sheet series. Emancipation and Denigration spotlights the sharp political commentary and biting wit of the man called “The Father of the American Caricature.” Both shows are in The Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery which is open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon-5 p.m., and Wednesdays until 8 p.m.
The images in A Journey Towards Hope include large-format color photographs—many taken at night with long exposure times—of buildings in Oberlin that were essential to the abolitionist movement. Coriana Close was graduated from Oberlin’s fine arts program with honors in 2006.