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Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives

June 16 – August 11, 2021

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Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives

June 16 - August 11, 2021

Smith Gallery

Jacob Riis is regarded as one of photography’s great innovators. Riis was well aware of the power of photographs, but did not consider himself a photographer. This exhibit repositions Riis as a multi-skilled communicator who devoted his life to writing articles and books, and delivering lectures nationwide, to spur social reform. It examines Riis as a writer, photographer, lecturer, advocate, and ally, and provides visitors with an opportunity to understand the indelible mark Riis’s brand of social reform left on the United States at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

Sponsored in part by Better Life

This exhibition is made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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This exhibition is adapted from the exhibition Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half, organized by the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibition was curated by Bonnie Yochelson and co-presented by the Library of Congress. It was made possible with major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Terra Foundation for American Arts, as well as support from D. Euan and Merete Baird, The Malkin Fund, Ronay and Richard L. Menschel, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik’s Foundation, C. Flemming and Judy Heilmann, Jan and Lotte Leschly, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and the John L. Loeb, Jr. Foundation. It was adapted and toured for NEH on the Road by Mid-America Arts Alliance. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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