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BMA announces exhibition
In September 2013, Birmingham Museum of Art will be displaying an exhibit about the 1963 bombing. Dawoud Bey is joining BMA curator Ron Platt to recreate the atmosphere of Birmingham 50 years ago.
Bey got his inspiration at 11 years old when he saw a picture of Sarah Rudolph coming out of the horrific moment. He began to ask about the project about seven years ago working with them on what would become a residency project that would honor the memory of those killed that day while also engaging the contemporary Birmingham community. However the project was postponed until this year, the year of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation and the 50th anniversary of the bombing.
Bey is completing a video by the end of January. During his initial visit, Bey was able to attend a service at 16th Street Baptist Church and to have lunch with Odessa Woolfolk, the President and a founding board member of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute that opened in 1992. She began to give him a deeper sense of the history as well as the various ways in which that history was still playing out in the Birmingham community.
The museum plans to incorporate the “community to build a relationship”. Bey plans to connect the community of the past using survivors of the incident and using present people to show the growth. Dawoud has already begun photographing some of the survivors and using present day models to represent the young faces of the 1960s.
The exhibit is projected to begin in September and relocate to other museums around the country for the next four years.