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Lecture by Robbie McClaran: Angry White Men
March 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Angry White Men, Twenty Years After Publication: What has Changed and What Has Remained the Same:
In 1996, photographer Robbie McClaran published the book Angry White Men, titled after a phrase used to describe the 1994 mid-term electorate that put Newt Gingrich’s Republican House in power that was said to have been motivated by “God, Guns and Gays”. This point in time began McClaran’s investigation of the shifting of the political center, as well as his look into the darker side of extremists and their motivations.
About the series:
The book, a collaboration with designers Alicia Johnson and Hal Wolverton, was self- published in late 1996 and features a forward by Rene Denfeld. The photographs were made over a span of thirteen years and include some work originally commissioned by magazines, such as the New York Times Magazine, Time and Newsweek.
In February of 1997, Powell’s Books in Portland exhibited prints from the book during Black History Month. Although it was scheduled to hang for six weeks, within only a few days the exhibit was removed in response to employees’ claims that the photographs “created a hostile workplace”. The ensuing controversy was reported in The Oregonian, Photo District News, and the New York Times Magazine.
The work went on to be exhibited at Saba Gallery in New York City, and at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. In 2004 the entire body of photographs was purchased for the permanent collection of the University Of Oregon Special Collections Library. Individual prints are included in several other collections and as part of the traveling exhibit “Speaking Volumes, Transforming Hate”, currently at Ft. Collins Museum of Art.
This lecture takes place at Newspace (1632 SE 10th Ave), is free and open to the general public.