City of Knoxville Tennessee Arts CommissionAmerican Alliance of Museum

Focus 2011

August 15 - November 9, 2014

This exhibition of more than 50 photographs traces this influential street photographer’s career from 1962 to the present. Lyon rode with a notorious Chicago biker gang, marched against segregation during the Civil Rights Movement, and spent hours inside the death-row “Walls Unit” of Texas’ Huntsville Prison. His goal, he said, was “to destroy Life magazine”—to present powerful, real alternatives to the hollow pictures and stories permeating mass media in America. A special group of Lyon’s photographs taken during his visit to Knoxville in 1967 will be featured in the KMA’s presentation. Organized by The Menil Collection, Houston.

KMA Sponsors:

Jennifer and Greg Dunn

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