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Waterman Exhibit Gallery

In 2013, the Department’s Exhibit Gallery was renamed in honor of the late Richard Alan Waterman, a distinguished ethnomusicologist and anthropologist who spent his last years teaching at USF, and his wife Patricia Waterman, a noted folklorist and anthropologist, who taught in the department for many years, and passed away in 2016.

Exposure: Photography and Social Justice

The desire to understand the world and the desire to reform it are the two great engines of progress, without which human society would stand still or retrogress. It is coexistence or no existence.
Bertrand Russell

About the Exhibit:

This exhibit explores the historical role of photography in raising awareness of social injustices, and questions its potential to continue to do so in a world that is saturated by images of suffering on a daily basis.

Visitors to the exhibit will be introduced to a brief history of photography through images from important historical events* like the fight to end child labor, WWI, the Great Depression and the Civil Rights Era. Visitors are then asked to contemplate what goes into the making of a photograph, and how the meaning of an image can be manipulated. Finally, visitors will view images of contemporary social justice issues, including environmental conservation, issues of immigration and migration, and women’s rights.

Throughout the exhibit, visitors will have opportunities to leave their own thoughts and comments. We hope you will stop by and let us know what you think!

This exhibit is the final product of the Spring 2018 Museum Methods (ANT4181) course taught by Vivian Gornik.

*Please be advised that some images may be disturbing to viewers.

Opening Night:

Over 200 people attended the opening night event for Exposure on Friday, April 20th, 2018.

3D scan by Dr. Lori Collins and DHHC

Video by Maria Laura Lugo

Gallery from the entrance

Entrance of the gallery

Spring 2018 Museum Methods Class

Credits and Acknowledgments:

Course Instructor and Head Curator:
Vivian Gornik

Student Curators:
Racquelle Banuelos, Lady Marie Bulilan, Caitlyn Daugherty, Amanda Fiske, Amanda Gross, Amanda Hassinger, Ivy Johnson, Liam Johnson, Lauren Leigh, Samantha Martinez, Emily Miller, Rachel Nipper, Carolina Nunez, Crystal Reina, Samira Rosario Martinez, Stephanie Schwartz

The creation of this exhibit would not have been possible without the help of the following people:
Elizabeth Bird, Heide Castañeda, David Himmelgreen, Erin Jensen, Sue Rhinehart, Brittany Vojnovic, Kevin Yelvington

We are thankful for the financial and material contributions we received from the following organizations and individuals:
USF Department of Anthropology
Applied Anthropology Graduate Student Organization
Anthropology Club
Phi Alpha Theta
Florida Public Archaeology Network, West Central Regional Center
Michael J. Miller