Date: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: Berger Gallery (207 College Hall), Duquesne University
Title: From MLK to March: Comics, Civil Rights, and Social Change
Presenter: Dr. Sylvia Rhor, Professor of Art History, Carlow University
Sylvia Rhor will present her research on a little-known comic book, Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story (1958). She will discuss the unique factors that contributed to the comic book's publication, its impact on American civil rights movement in the 1960s, and its continued impact on social justice movements throughout the world today. In addition, Dr. Rhor will discuss the comic book's impact on Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and on the Congressman's recently published, award-winning graphic memoir, MARCH.
Dr. Sylvia Rhor is Professor of Art History at Carlow University, where she also serves as Director of the Carlow University Art Gallery. Dr. Rhor received an M.A. and Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art from New York University, where she was a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Minority Scholar.
Dr. Rhor has published in the Art Institute of Chicago's Museum Studies, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and has contributed essays on mural painting to The Decorated School: Essays on Visual Culture of Schooling (Black Dog, 2013), Art for the People: the Rediscovery and Preservation of Progressive- and WPA-era Murals in the Chicago Public Schools, 1904-1943 (Chronicle, 2002), and an essay of the history of mural painting in the United States in A Companion to Public Art (Blackwell, 2016). Her current research focuses on the historic murals in the city of Pittsburgh, including Maxo Vanka's Millvale murals in St. Nicholas Croatian Church and New Deal murals in courthouses and schools.
Throughout her career, Dr. Rhor has maintained a dual commitment to academic research and museum work. She has presented public lectures, directed docent training workshops, and created teacher resources for museums in Chicago, New York and Pittsburgh. Dr. Rhor co-curated two exhibitions at the Andy Warhol Museum: Too Hot to Handle: Creating Controversy Through Political Cartoons and Drawn to the Summit: A G-20 Exhibition of International Political Cartoons. She also curated Civil Rights Superheroes: Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story (1958) for the ToonSeum and From MLK to MARCH at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.