Senior Wednesday – History of Photojournalism

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Date(s) - 06/27/2018
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

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An early photojournalist, Jacob Riis used photography to bring national attention to the impoverished living in New York City. Riis’s stories of the people living in squalor and poverty in New York, paired with his photographs of the darkest corners of the city, started a social movement that resulted in tenement reform. Presented by Lisa Parcell, PhD, Elliot School of Communication, Wichita State University as part of the NEH on the Road exhibit “Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives” adapted from the exhibition “Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half,” organized by the Museum of the City of New York.

Senior Wednesday admission is $2; admission is free for members. The Senior Wednesday programs at the Historical Museum begin at 10:00 am, and the doors open at 9:30. Refreshments are served.

The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives is adapted from the exhibition Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half, organized by the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibition was curated by Bonnie Yochelson and co-presented by the Library of Congress. It was made possible with major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Terra Foundation for American Arts, as well as support from D. Euan and Merete Baird, The Malkin Fund, Ronay and Richard L. Menschel, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrick’s Foundation, C. Flemming and Judy Heilmann, Kan and Lotte Leschly, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and the John L. Loeb Jr. Foundation. It was adapted and toured for NEH on the Road by Mid-America Arts Alliance.

The Museum is grateful to the Wichita Eagle, KSN-TV, Radio Kansas, Lawrence Photo Print & Frame, Dean Bradley & Patrick Habkirk, and Lee & Ron Starkel for their support of the exhibit and its programming.


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