Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement Exhibit | A Scroll Doodle Journey

This piece was originally published on my website/blog here.

I had the opportunity to visit Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights museum on May 12th, and spent close to three hours at the Civil Rights Movement Exhibition. It told the story of the history of the freedom movement from Atlanta’s perspective. Now, as a person who hops around museum and takes her own time like nobody’s business, I went in armed with my watercolors and ink, but also my new iPad for digital sketching to experience museums the way I do- alone, and over a long period of time. I have to be honest that despite me processing and internalizing that exhibit in ways I know best (museum visual note-taking and drawing!), I left the place feeling extremely heavy.

Heavy. Angry. Educated about historical specifics. Heavy.

I kept resizing and building this canvas that is essentially my notes doodle, until I got out of the exhibit. It was an experience to go through that space and I urge you all to go visit that museum.

Until next time…

Hemu

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Hemu Venkat

Artist, design researcher, architect, poet and writer, and everything at those intersections | Social innovation | Community building | Cash me outside w/ chai.

Artist, design researcher, architect, poet and writer, and everything at those intersections | Social innovation | Community building | Cash me outside w/ chai.