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American Moments: Photographs by John Shearer

ON VIEW:  September 26 - December 23, 2018

American Moments: Photographs by John Shearer is a five-part symphony of images that tell the story of a turbulent period in American history. 

The collection begins with an overview of the period: from the funeral of John F. Kennedy in 1963, the 1968 funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, and the black rage that followed. Its second movement highlights trailblazers who made a change in the American story. The third movement focuses on Muhammad Ali, the great athlete who moved beyond boxing and became an important voice against the war in Vietnam. The fourth part explores the complex social dynamics of street gangs. The collection concludes with gritty images of the Attica prison riot in 1971, which erupted over the issue of personal liberties in a system of incarceration intent on dehumanization.

Shearer says, “I would have loved to cover Bunker Hill during the American Revolution or the Civil War battle of Gettysburg. That was before my time, I was a product of the 60’s, and I am Black. My war was the war on poverty and inequality; its battle cry was the call for social justice.”

American Moments: Photographs by John Shearer is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College and curated by Helaine Posner, Chief Curator. Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Purchase College Foundation.​


Free admission for all the first Saturday of every month

Always free for museum members; Purchase College faculty, staff, and students; and children under 12

Age 12 to Adult $5
Adults 62+ $3

Free Docent-led tours Wednesday-Saturday at 1:00 PM

To arrange a guided or self-guided group tour, please complete this TOUR REQUEST FORM or contact the Education Department via e-mail or phone (914.251.6110).