Danny Lyon Photography Exhibit to Open at the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery

Photo of John Lewis in Nashville taken by Danny Lyon and part of the Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery's exhibit

Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement will run from Jan. 24–March 22, 2020, at the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery of Lebanon Valley College. A giant of post-War documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter.

In the summer of 1962, Lyon packed a Nikon Reflex and an old Leica in an army bag and hitchhiked south. Within a week he was in jail in Albany, Georgia, looking through the bars at another prisoner, Martin Luther King, Jr. Lyon soon became the first staff photographer for the Atlanta-based Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which already had a reputation as one of the most committed and confrontational groups fighting for civil rights. His photographs captured one of the most inspiring periods in American history.

This exhibition was organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.

The opening reception for Danny Lyon will be Friday, Jan. 24, 5–7 p.m. in Zimmerman Recital Hall of the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.


Events related to the exhibit include:

Opening Reception | Jan. 24, 5–7 p.m.


Lecture | Feb. 13, 5 p.m.

“Moved by the Messages in the Music: Faith as Resistance in Black Freedom Struggles”

AnneMarie Mingo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of African American Studies and

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Penn State University


Photography Workshop | March 21, 9 a.m. –3 p.m.

“In Focus: Documentary Photography and Visual Storytelling”

Andrew Bale, professional photographer and lecturer in art and art history at Dickinson College

Register for this event at www.lvc.edu/gallery.


All events in conjunction with Danny Lyon will be held in Zimmerman Recital Hall of the Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery.

Sponsors for Danny Lyon include the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, The McCormick Family Foundation, Lebanon Valley College, and contributing members of the Friends of the Gallery.


Gallery hours are Wednesday, 5–8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 1–4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and by appointment for groups.

Please contact the Gallery at 717-867-6445 or gallery@lvc.edu to arrange a private Gallery talk for your school or organization.