As an accompaniment to the Museum’s popular series of photography books, Double Exposure, this exhibition encourages visitors to explore the ways photographs reflect important moments in history, memory, and time. From the slavery era to Black Lives Matter, More Than A Picture presents a range of American experiences to look beyond an image’s surface to see its significance to history and cultural meaning.
This exhibition is shaped by portraits of individuals who empowered themselves to redefine history, groups that share bonds that define their sense of community, and examples of personal expressions that reflect culture and identity.
Photographs are more than just pictures. They record memories from our past and document important moments in which we experience pride, joy, and celebration, and sometimes conflict and confrontation. We create and collect images to preserve our memories, so every photograph has a deeper story that has shaped the histories of individuals, cultures, and communities.