Santa Fe--Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is pleased to present "Photographs from 1963”, a major exhibition featuring from one of the most pivotal years in United States history. The exhibition opens with a public reception on Friday, April 19, from 5 to 7. The exhibition continues through June 30.
1963 was a year of change: change in leadership and social change. 1963 ran the gamut of human emotion and human endeavor. It was a year that began with high hopes for easing of international tensions, a year that sustained a terrible period of shock and mourning and ended with a nation and a world community coming to understand a new maturity in its ability to cope with sudden and enormously difficult circumstances.
An afternoon at a lunch counter. A thousand arms linked at the elbows. A firing line of water hoses. A pack of German Shepherds. A letter from a Birmingham Jail, A devastating explosion, The Dodgers win the works series. Beatlemania begins. John F. Kennedy is assassinated. A world that would never be the same.
As the year began, George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama, and during his inauguration address he stated "segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!". The year would continue: the U.S. performs the first nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site; The Beatles release “Please Please Me”; the Birmingham police use dogs and cattle prods on peaceful demonstrators, and then there are Bomb attacks in Birmingham, and later, riots. President John F. Kennedy signs law for equal pay for equal work for men and women as Governor Wallace tries to prevent blacks registering at University of Alabama. Governor George C. Wallace later prevents the integration of Tuskegee High School as James Meredith is awarded a bachelor’s degree by the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), becoming the first black man to graduate from the school, and John F. Kennedy says segregation is morally wrong and that it is "time to act". Just hours after President John F. Kennedy's speech, civil rights activist Medgar Evers pulled into his driveway after returning from a meeting with NAACP lawyers and was struck in the back with a bullet and killed.
In 1963, President Kennedy visits West Berlin and delivers the "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner) speech; the Major league Baseball All star MVP is Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants; the Los Angeles Dodgers sweep New York Yankees in 60th World Series; "Cleopatra" premieres in New York City, and 1963 draws to a close with President Kennedy assassinated; and on December 26th the Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand"/"I Saw Her Standing There.
These and other events marked the year as a benchmark of unrest, tumult, and change; and all are represented in “Photographs from 1963” We have seen many of these photographs numerous times in newspapers, magazines, books and documentaries. Universally relevant, they reflect the past, the present, and the changing times. These unforgettable images are imbedded in our collective consciousness; they are defining moments chronicling our shared history. The photographers in this exhibition have captured dramatic moments in a remarkable year, and illustrate the power of photography to inform, persuade, enlighten and enrich the viewer's life.