Spirits, Martirs, Heroes

 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY JIM ALEXANDER

 

In celebration of African American History Month, the Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College is pleased to present SPIRITS/ MARTYRS/HEROES, an exhibition of photographs by Atlanta artist JIM ALEXANDER, who was born in Waldwick, New Jersey and lived in Paterson. The exhibit is on view in the Broadway & LRC Galleries from January 27 through February 28, 2007.


The Broadway & LRC Galleries are located at Passaic County Community College, Broadway at Memorial Drive, in the downtown historic district of Paterson, New Jersey. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 – 5:00. A reception for the artist will be held in the gallery on February 1, 4:00 – 6:00. Jim Alexander will give a slide presentation about his forty years as an award-winning documentary photographer in the Paterson Room at the College on February 5, 1:00. Admission to the exhibit, reception and presentation is free.


An award-winning documentary photographer, teacher, and activist, Jim Alexander has spent over forty years photographing the people and events that have guided the course of African American history: demonstrations, rallies, concerts, meetings and marches. Spirits/Martyrs/Heroes, the title of his life’s work, represents one of the largest independent photographic projects on African American people. This exhibition features forty-five works from the project, which includes photographs from his Struggle, Jazz, Blues, and Icons portfolios. For a recent retrospective of Jim Alexander’s work the curator Kevin Sipp wrote, “May all who witness these works come to understand the importance of them to the African American experience in particular and the whole of America’s cultural history.”


Jim Alexander is a self-described “participant observer” who continues to exhibit his photographs, teach, and remain active in numerous arts and cultural organizations. His work (the Jim Alexander Photographic Collection) is on permanent display at the Studioplex in Atlanta, and is represented in national and international collections, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.


For additional information, please contact Jane Haw, Gallery Curator, at (973) 684-5448 or visit our website at www.pccc.edu/art/gallery.

 

 

Contact: Jane Haw
Phone: (973) 684-5448
E-mail: jhaw@pccc.edu