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Griffith J. Davis. Griff Davis reviews the script for Liberia’s first promotional film “Pepperbird Land” with its narrator, emerging actor Sidney Poitier in Monrovia, Liberia, 1952. Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives.

Griffith J. Davis. Griff Davis reviews the script for Liberia's first promotional film "Pepperbird Land"with its narrator, emerging actor Sidney Poitier in Monrovia, Liberia, 1952. Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives.

STILL HERE: The Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives in Context

January 22 – March 06, 2021
USF Contemporary Art Museum West Gallery

CAM Galleries Will Be Open for USF Faculty, Staff, and Students - Reservations Required 

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Still Here: The Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives in Context features rarely seen 1939 to 1988 era photographic imagery of the groundbreaking life and photographic practice of Griff Davis. A pioneer international photographer, journalist, U.S. Senior Foreign Service Officer, and photo-documentarian, Mr. Davis' artistic and iconic photographs capture historical moments and figures, lifestyles, personalities and people across a spectrum of political, socio-economic and artistic sectors at the vortex of the Civil Rights Movement and the Independence Movement of Africa. His multi-media work will be fully displayed in context with thematically complementary contemporary artworks by artists Romare Bearden, Emory Douglas, Jacob A. Lawrence, Deana Lawson, Zanele Muholi, and Hank Willis Thomas. 

Still Here is curated by Dorothy M. Davis, President of Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives; Christian Viveros-Fauné, CAM Curator at Large; and Noel Smith, CAM Deputy Director and Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Art; and organized by USFCAM.

 

RELATED EVENT:

02/11/2021 - An Evening with Dorothy M. Davis; The Photography And Life Of Griffith J. Davis - Hosted By The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library - 6:30pm EST, Online - REGISTER NOW! - https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/880643254637011468

Dorothy M. Davis, President of Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives, will present an illustrated talk focusing on the impact of the photography and legacy of her father Griffith J. Davis (1923-1993), pioneering Black photojournalist, filmmaker, and US Senior Foreign Service Officer. Plus: live Q&A! The online session will be moderated by Dr. Antoinette Jackson, chair of the USF Anthropology Department. This event is presented by the University of South Florida (USF) Contemporary Art Museum, in partnership with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library (THPL).  

 

ONLINE EXHIBITION

Exhibition Home    //   Foreword + Acknowledgements    //    Introduction by Dorothy M. Davis    //   Essay by Christian Viveros-Fauné

 

EXHIBITION BROCHURE

 

STUDY GUIDE

Download a PDF study guide for Still Here.

 

SOUNDCLOUD AUDIO 

Audiotape of Benjamin Davis reading speech written and given by Griff Davis in Lagos, Nigeria on occasion of assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 1968.

 

VIRTUAL TOUR

Explore this virtual 360 degree interactive walkthrough of the Still Here: The Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives in Context exhibition. For the best experience click the View Fullscreen icon in the lower right of the window. Virtual tour Courtesy of USF 3D Access Lab, Dr. Laura Harrison, and Elliot Alvarez.

 

Deana Lawson American, born 1979. Binky & Tony Forever, 2009. Pigmented inkjet print (Archival inkjet print), 37 — 43 1/4 in. (94 — 109.9 cm) Museum purchase, 2019, SN11654. Collection of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida, Florida State University, Sarasota, Florida.

Deana Lawson American, born 1979. Binky & Tony Forever, 2009. Pigmented inkjet print (Archival inkjet print), 37 — 43 1/4 in. (94 — 109.9 cm) Museum purchase, 2019, SN11654. Collection of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida, Florida State University, Sarasota, Florida.

 

Still Here is supported by a USF Understanding and Addressing Blackness and Anti-Black Racism in Our Local, National, and International Communities Research Grant; Susana and Yann Weymouth; Mort and Sara Richter; Major Sponsor The Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation; and the Florida Department of State.