Exhibit – 'Freedom Must Be Lived: Marion Palfi's America, 1940-1978'
"Freedom Must Be Lived: Marion Palfi's America, 1940-1978" is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and the Center for Creative Photography.
This retrospective exhibition will survey the career of Marion Palfi (1907-1978), who produced one of the most important visual documents of American injustice of the 20th century. "Freedom Must Be Lived" features more than 100 prints and numerous archival materials drawn exclusively from the Center for Creative Photography's vast Marion Palfi Archive, including photo books, magazine spreads, research journals and grant applications. Many of these prints and expository archival materials have never before been exhibited or published and will offer an unprecedented opportunity to draw new insights into the work.
Each of the photographer's four major projects are represented in the exhibition: her piercing nationwide study of children living in poverty; her decades-long civil rights activism documenting the effects of systemic racism against African Americans; her research on the abject conditions of aging in New York; and her revelatory pictures, funded by a 1967 Guggenheim fellowship, of the forced relocation of Native Americans off of reservations in the Southwest. Weaving together over three decades of work, the exhibition elucidates Palfi's sustained focus on themes of inequity, solitude and racial victimization. Taken as a whole, it elucidates the photographer's elegiac crusade for human rights and presents a cumulative photographic record that resonates with many of the social concerns still plaguing our country today.