Exhibitions

Behold the People: R. C. Hickman's Photographs of Black Dallas
 

Melba Theater, by R.C. Hickman, 1955. R. C. Hickman Photographic Archive (VN 85-43-000279a), The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

"There was only one theater in downtown Dallas we were allowed to attend and that was the Majestic. Even there, we were only allowed into six or seven seats in the uppermost part of the balcony we called the 'buzzard roost.'" — R. C. Hickman

Exhibition

R. C. Hickman was a Dallas photographer whose thousands of images produced from 1949 to 1961 document life in an African American community in Texas. His photographs depict a community largely invisible to white Americans—thoroughly a part of mainstream America by virtue of accomplishment and lifestyle but excluded from it because of race. His images reveal his awareness of the broad community context within which individuals survive, grow, and understand themselves.

Behold the People: R. C. Hickman’s Photographs of Black Dallas, 1949–1961 is an exhibition by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Behold the People is made possible in part by a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Exhibition Format

Wall-Hanging 
LanguageEnglish
Content56 framed, black-and-white photographs
  • 39 frames at 11” x 14”
  • 11 frames at 16” x 20”
  • 6 frames at 20” x 24”
1 framed portrait of R. C. Hickman
56 identification labels
2 narrative text panels
Space Requirements120 linear feet of wall space
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 2 wooden crates:
  • 36” x 26” x 19” - 130 lbs.
  • 34” x 28” x 26” - 148 lbs.
Rental Fee*$550*
Rental Period6 weeks

*Rental fees are based primarily on the cost of shipping. Prices may vary based on current fuel surcharges or venue location within the state of Texas. Out-of-state rentals are priced on an individual basis. Please call for a rental fee quote specific to your venue.

Print Materials

A specified number of print materials are provided with this exhibition at no additional cost. Additional copies of these materials may be obtained for a nominal fee:

  • 50 booklets featuring an essay by Barbara Jordan and selected images by R. C. Hickman
  • 10 posters featuring Melba Theater by R. C. Hickman

Publicity Materials

Press release

Behold the People press release.

Publicity image

A publicity image is available for promoting this exhibition at your venue. Please contact the exhibitions coordinator to request an electronic file of this image. Please allow 2-3 weeks for the exhibitions coordinator to process your request.

Humanities Texas logos

Venues may request a CD with the Humanities Texas logo in a number of electronic file formats for use when developing print and online promotional materials. Logo files are also available for download from the logo page.

Questions and Rental Information

Call 512.440.1991 or email
exhibitions@humanitiestexas.org

2018 Bookings to Date

All dates available. Contact us to reserve this exhibition for the upcoming year.

On Display

Nat King Cole, by R.C. Hickman, 1954. R. C. Hickman Photographic Archive (DI00354), The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Exline Park, by R.C. Hickman, 1955. R. C. Hickman Photographic Archive (DI00918), The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Colored waiting room, by R.C. Hickman, 1952. R. C. Hickman Photographic Archive (DI00964), The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.