The Amistad Center for Art & Culture exhibit
Exhibition Design, Education
From Ella Shepherd’s efforts to shape students into the 1871 Fisk Jubilee Singers to Marian Anderson’s 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial and Eva Jessye’s choral contributions to the 1963 March on Washington, Black women musicians created a soundtrack for the modern Civil Rights movement. Mixing spirituals, work songs, jazz, gospel and R& B, these pioneering musicians defined a career path that fed them artistically, financially and politically as it enriched this nation. Sing the Truth: Voices from The Amistad Center for Art & Culture celebrates the emergence of an African American female performance tradition and its impact on the fight for freedom in America.
Local design studio Jargon Boy collaborated with the museum to create the transportable identity for the exhibit which launched at the New Haven Free Public Library and will travel to various locations in-and-around Connecticut. The mobile exhibit includes 8 banners measuring 7' x 2' and various collateral materials (a poster, teaser postcard and donation brochure). The bold color palette, vintage photographs (from the Amistad archives) and a mixture of contemporary/vintage fonts create an eclectic vibe for the identity.
[photo credit: Anthony Colon]
Greg Chinn, art director/designer/creative director;
Olivia S. White, museum director;
Frank Mitchell, museum curator;
Philippe Halsman, Craine Studios/Sydney Leff, D’Arlene Studios/JW Black Studio/Elite/Napoleon Sarony, Houseworth Souvenir Photographs/Kostich Photos, photographers;
John Groo, copywork photographer.