Still Raising Hell: The Art, Activism, and Archives of Camille Billops and James V. Hatch
"What will be our own contribution to the maintenance of the history of African Americans in the arts?"
—Pellom McDaniels, III, PhD, Curator of African American Collections
Exhibition dates: Sept. 2016—May 2017
Client: Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Curator: Pellom McDaniels, III, PhD, Curator of African American Collections
Collections: Camille Billops and James V. Hatch archives
I worked with the curator of African American Collections to design an exhibition that would evoke the unique personalities of Billops and Hatch, as well as offer visitors varied opportunities to engage with material from their archives. I worked on these aspects of the exhibition:
Front end web design
Content development and management
Communications & marketing collateral
Goals & Challenges
The curator had a vision to present original materials in cases as well as reproductions in large wall murals. I helped identify the best setting for these materials to achieve the intended effect. I advised on the color palette and advocated for the black backdrops. Working with the existing black marble walls, the newly painted matte black floating walls achieve a sense of cohesion and drama. The atmosphere of the gallery evoked the power of the work of the artist-activists in a visceral way.