Danny Lyon: Message to the Future Audio Guide Playlist
Listen to commentary from scholars Elisabeth Sussman, Todd Gitlin, Julian Cox, and artist Danny Lyon on selected works in the exhibition Danny Lyon: Message to the Future.
Narrator: In 1967, Lyon traveled to Galveston, Texas. There he became friends with two trans women, Roberta and Pumpkin Renée. He photographed them, and recorded their stories.
Todd Gitlin: He says “My greatest strength has been empathy with others different from myself.” And that’s, what I see is a man who beholds those who are other than himself. He’s not pretending to be them. But he’s challenged by them. In fact, I think he’s drawn to people who, through their expressions, are challenging. So in that sense I see him not as an activist photographer. I see him as a consummate collector of challenges.
- 550 Introduction to Danny Lyon: Message to the Future
- 552 Danny Lyon, Voting Rights Demonstration, Organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Selma, October 7, 1963
- 553 Danny Lyon, Crowds along the Funeral Route, Birmingham, Alabama, 1963
- 554 Danny Lyon, Clifford Vaughs, SNCC photographer, Arrested by the National Guard, Cambridge, Maryland, 1964
- 551 Danny Lyon, Self-Portrait, New Orleans, 1964
- 555 Danny Lyon, Kathy, Chicago, 1965 (printed 1966)
- 556 Danny Lyon, View through the Rear Wall, 89 Beekman Street, New York, 1967
- 557 Danny Lyon, Pumpkin and Roberta, Galveston, Texas, 1967
- 559 Danny Lyon, From the Picket Tower, Ferguson Unit, Texas, 1968
- 560 Danny Lyon, Two Inmates, Goree Unit, Texas, 1968
- 561 Danny Lyon, Eddie, New Mexico, 1972
- 558 Danny Lyon, Boulevard Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, February 7, 1986
- 562 Danny Lyon, Haiti, 1987
- 563 Danny Lyon, Abandoned Homestead, Corson County, South Dakota, 2000
- 565 Danny Lyon, Lolly in Ruins, 2007
- 564 Danny Lyon, Occupy Demonstration on Broadway, Los Angeles, 2011
- 566 Danny Lyon, San Luis, New Mexico, 2014