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Gail Rebhan Among DC Artists Commemorating 60 Years of the Civil Rights Act in New Exhibition

White poster with red and blue ombre text 'Legacy: Civil Rights at 60'

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) celebrates six decades since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law in Legacy: Civil Rights at 60, with CalArts alum Gail Rebhan (Art MFA 81) among the 27 artists featured in the juried art exhibition.

The monumental legislation “aimed to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin,” allowing for schools and other public facilities to be integrated. In this new exhibition, DC CAH commemorates the act’s impact as depicted by DC artists: “By visually depicting the material, personal, and direct-action work of the past 60 years, this exhibition is a call to continue pursuing equity and social justice both locally and nationally.”

Rebhan is a Washington, DC-based photographer whose work humorously investigates time and change, often through the lens of the American middle class with which she identifies. Last year, the American University Museum in Washington, DC. held the first-ever retrospective of Rebhan’s work titled About Time. Her work has also been exhibited at the Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria; American University Museum-Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C.; and Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon. She is a professor emerita of photography at Northern Virginia Community College.

An opening reception for Legacy: Civil Rights at 60 takes place on Friday, Jan. 12 from 6 to 8 pm at the 200 I Street Gallery. The gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 5:30 pm. 

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Taya Zoormandan

As digital content and social media producer, Taya enjoys lifting up the stories and accomplishments of CalArts' students, alums, and faculty. She fancies herself a visual artist but is really more of an overzealous collector of art supplies.

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Gail Rebhan Among DC Artists Commemorating 60 Years of the Civil Rights Act in New Exhibition