Gallery for Contemporary Art, Savannah Center
Spring Gallery Hours:
M – TH | 12 – 5 PM
*Special viewing hours on Saturday, February 12 and 19 between 12-4 PM
Masks are required.
About the exhibit
The Gallery for Contemporary Art, located in the Savannah Center, will feature an original set of The Black ABCs on loan from a private collector. In 1970 the Society for Visual Education published The Black ABCs. These twenty-six alphabet flashcards presented an alternative classroom tool in response to the public school system’s lack of diverse teaching and learning materials. Developed by two Chicago teachers, The Black ABCs was “a byproduct of the civil rights movement, part of a need for classroom materials that moved beyond a white “Dick and Jane” and reflected the backgrounds of black students. Instead of letters paired with disassociated objects and illustrations, each image offered a handsome portrait of African-American children growing up in Chicago. Nationwide, urban schools bought them.”
In addition to the vintage flashcard collection, Sammy Jean Wilson, a contemporary multidisciplinary artist, will exhibit an alternative perspective of The Black ABCs, posing the question, “What would have happened if COVID-19 had taken place then?” Wilson’s artwork “The New Black ABCs” reinterprets the original flash card designs by exploring the pandemic, class, and identity.
This exhibit has been generously supported by The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs.