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Spider Martin We Shall Overcome

City of Birmingham, with AEIVA, presents "The Freedom Exhibition: Two Countries One Struggle" 

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, the City of Birmingham, in collaboration with the UAB College of Arts and SciencesAbroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, presents “The Freedom Exhibition: Two Countries One Struggle.”

The exhibition focuses on the comparative civil rights photography of Spider Martin and Peter Magubane, and explores their respective images of American segregation and South African apartheid. Fifty photographs from each photographer are included in the exhibition.

“The Freedom Exhibition” will open to the public with a free reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 5, at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, 1221 10th Ave. South.  The exhibition is on view from June 5-Aug. 8. Admission to AEIVA is always free. AEIVA is open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-6 p.m. Saturday and is closed Sundays and holidays. Call 205-975-6436 or visit AEIVA online.

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Willie Cole "Tricksters Among Us (Seen and Unseen) 2012

AEIVA presents "Willie Cole: Transformations" June 5-Aug. 8

Works by noted American artist Willie Cole will be on exhibition from June 5-Aug. 8, presented by the College of Arts and SciencesAbroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.

Cole is recognized among other artists of his generation for his potent and poetic sculptures, compositions and installations. “Willie Cole: Transformations” will showcase 15 works created between 1996 and 2015. Featuring items as varied as shoes, irons, bicycles and water bottles, Cole’s work alludes to social, cultural, political and spiritual meanings while referencing the artist’s own African-American culture, heritage and history. 

Cole will speak about his work at a public lecture, 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 5, in the AEIVA’s Hess Lecture Hall. A free opening reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. that evening at AEIVA, 1221 10th Ave. South. Admission to AEIVA is always free. AEIVA is open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-6 p.m. Saturday and is closed Sundays and holidays. Call 205-975-6436 or visit AEIVA online.