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I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America

I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America presents Brian Lanker's compelling black and white portraits of influential 20th-century women, including Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King, and Lena Horne.


I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America


Washburn University

1700 SW College Ave

Topeka, Topeka 66621

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May 16, 2024 04:00 AM to July 01, 2024 12:00 PM

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The Mulvane Art Museum is proud to re-present Brian Lanker's profound photographic exhibition, I Dream a World. This collection features 75 black and white portraits of historically and socially influential women of the 20th century, captured by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Lanker. Accompanied by compelling interviews conducted by Lanker, this exhibition offers an intimate and powerful look at these remarkable women.

Originally unveiled in 2020, the exhibition was cut short due to the pandemic. Now, the Mulvane Art Museum is delighted to bring these important works back for public viewing in 2024. Lanker, celebrated for his Pulitzer-winning work on childbirth while at the Topeka Capital-Journal, masterfully captures the essence and impact of his subjects in this series.

The exhibition includes portraits of iconic figures such as Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Althea Gibson, Lena Horne, Ruby Dee, Coretta Scott King, Oprah Winfrey, and Septima Poinsette Clark, among others. Acquired with the support of numerous benefactors, this collection not only showcases Lanker's exceptional photography but also acknowledges the potent words and deeds of the women portrayed.

Join us at the Mulvane Art Museum to experience the achievements of Brian Lanker and to honor the influential lives of these extraordinary women.