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Making a Community Led Exhibition

June 25, 2019 8:30 AM | MANY Staff (Administrator)

Through Our Eyes: Milestones and Memories of African Americans in Yonkers at the Hudson River Museum illustrates more than 100 years of Yonkers history in photographs and objects. The exhibition is organized into different themes. Each theme displayed like a gallery wall in a family’s home, telling the stories that are often overlooked in traditional museum exhibitions. Since August 2018, Christian Stegall has been working with the Yonkers community to create the exhibition. He spent seven months researching and interviewing Yonkers residents to gather and share their stories. With help from community leaders, the exhibition quickly grew and presents over 700 photographs depicting everyday life. 

Christian moderated a roundtable discussion with Arya Henry (Manager, Youth and Family programs at Hudson River Museum) on Making Your Museum a True Reflection of Your Community at the Museum Association of New York 2019 Access and Identity annual conference in Cooperstown, NY. Christian is the Hudson River Museum’s Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellow. This fellowship is awarded to only six museums nationwide each year with the goal of diversifying the next generation of art museum professionals. 

The exhibition is on view at the Hudson River Museum through November 3, 2019.

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