University of San Diego to Present Exhibitions on Civil Rights and Rembrandt

The University of San Diego will present two groundbreaking exhibits this spring. One commemorates the 50th anniversary of a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement and the other showcases some of Rembrandt’s greatest works.

Selma, 1965: Bruce Davidson and the Photography of Civil Rights commemorates the 50th anniversary of the impactful demonstrations that took place in Alabama in March 1965. Today, these protests are viewed retrospectively as a turning point in the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.

The exhibition includes nearly 60 black and white images by Bruce Davidson and James Karales, both of whom spent time documenting the Selma March and associated violence. The vintage photographs depict Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as thousands of marchers who made the 54-mile trek between Selma and Montgomery in protest of widespread voting rights abuses in the South.

The exhibition was organized by the University of San Diego’s University Galleries and is presented in collaboration with the Joan B. Kroc School for Peace Studies.

As Patricia Marquez, Dean of the Kroc School, points out: “Davidson’s powerful images combine artistry with storytelling, expanding our capacity to connect with events of the past. The photographs make the suffering, courage, passion and imagination of those present more palpable than words. We emerge from Selma, 1965 inspired and energized to create the change we want to see.”

University of San Diego art history students wrote the exhibition labels and participated in the planning of this landmark project.

The exhibition opens on March 6 with an opening celebration taking place on the evening of March 12 at the Fine Arts Galleries of the Joan B. Kroc School for Peace & Justice on the University of San Diego campus.

A public dialogue between University of San Diego Ethnic Studies Professor Jesse Mills, and Julian Cox, curator of the important exhibition Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968 and currently the Chief Curator of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Peace & Justice Theatre. All programs are free.

The exhibition Rembrandt: A Decade of Brilliance, 1648 – 1658 explores the last ten years of the Dutch artist’s graphic output, a period during which Rembrandt produced some of his best-known prints and his experimentation with graphic media was at its height.

Curated by noted British scholar Adrian Eeles, this exhibition will give viewers the opportunity to examine Rembrandt’s creative process in depth by presenting different impressions of the same print side-by-side to demonstrate the ways Rembrandt employed line and tone to dramatically different effect.

The exhibition will feature international loans from important museums and private collections. “This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see such groundbreaking works assembled together in Southern California,” says Derrick Cartwright, Director of University Galleries.

Some of the major prints represented in the exhibition in multiple impressions include Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves: 'The Three Crosses’ (1653); Christ Healing the Sick: 'The Hundred Guilder Print’ (c. 1648) and Christ Shown to the People: the 'Ecce Homo’ (1655).

The exhibition runs from March 20 to May 24 in the Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries in Founders Hall. An opening reception takes place March 19 followed by a symposium on Rembrandt on March 20.

Participating speakers are prominent scholars of this period and include:
• Clifford S. Ackley, Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
• John Marciari, Charles W. Englehard Curator and Department Head at the Morgan Library & Museum
• Thomas E. Rassieur, John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings and Department Head, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and
• Mark S. Weil, E. Desmond Lee Professor Emeritus at Washington University in St. Louis.

Both exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public. For more information go to or call (619) 260-7516. Exhibitions are closed on university holidays.

Selma, 1965: Bruce Davidson and the Photography of Civil Rights
Fine Arts Galleries, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
March 6 through May 22
Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.
Opening Celebration March 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in IPJ Theatre

Rembrandt: A Decade of Brilliance, 1648-1658
March 20 through May 24
Hoehn Family Galleries in Founders Hall
Monday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.
March 19 Opening Reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Founders Hall Foyer
March 20 Symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Salomon Hall in Maher Hall

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Denise Ward
(619) 260-4659