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Can’t Look Away Episode 3: Danny Lyon’s Taylor Washington is Arrested


The Gund Gallery at Kenyon College is pleased to release the thrid episode of Can’t Look Away: Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle

In episode 3, we present a discussion of Danny Lyon’s Atlanta, Georgia, High School Student Taylor Washington is arrested at Leb’s Delicatessen. His eighth arrest, 1963. The conversation explores a haunting image of a white policeman using force against a young, unarmed black man that could have been captured anytime in the past 100 years. What does it reveal to us about the law, law enforcement, patriarchal structures, and how the chokehold has been used against Black men throughout the 20th century?

Discussants in this episode are Glenn McNair, Professor of History and Francis Gourrier, Assistant Professor of American Studies and History.

About the series:

Can’t Look Away seeks to reveal connections between the Black Lives Matter movements and the Civil Rights struggles of the 1950s and 60s through conversations centered on select photographs depicting the Civil Rights Era.

Developed as a way for the Gallery to inspire our community to critically engage with some of the most pressing issues we face today, each episode will feature experts from across Kenyon College discussing photographs made available for the program by Gund Gallery supporters David Horvitz ‘74 and Francie Bishop Good. 

Discussants in the series include Glenn McNair, Professor of History; Francis Gourrier, Assistant Professor of American Studies and History; Austin Porter, Assistant Professor of Art History and American Studies; and Jodi Kovach, Curator of Academic Programs at the Gund Gallery.

The Gund Gallery would like to extend a special thanks to our discussants, all our campus collaborators at Kenyon College, and our partners at Kokosing River Productions.

Funding for this video series was generously provided by David Horvitz ‘72 and Francie Bishop Good.