The Emerson Gallery at Hamilton College presents as its opening exhibition for the 1997-98 year, Shouts from the Wall: Posters and Photographs Brought Home from the Spanish Civil War by American Volunteers. The exhibition will run from Sunday, Sept. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 19.

Other exhibitions during the first semester will include Milt Hinton: Photographs of Jazz Musicians from Oct. 20 through Oct. 24 and Proper, Improper and Heroic: Women in Nineteenth Century Japanese Art from Oct. 30 through Dec. 16.

The second semester will bring The Buffalo Soldier: The African American Soldier in the U.S. Army, 1866-1912, on display from Jan. 12 through Feb. 22, and Senior Art Projects '98, from Apr. 20 through May 24.

The Emerson Gallery is located in Christian A. Johnson Hall, which is wheelchair accessible. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 12 to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m. during scheduled exhibitions. All exhibitions and related programs are free and open to the general public.

Shouts from the Wall presents a selection of powerful posters that were used by the Spanish Republic during the Civil War of 1936-1939 to inspire its supporters in the fight against Franco. The posters were displayed on the walls of Spanish cities and towns during the war, and now serve as documentation of this important early struggle against fascism. A series of challenging and broad-ranging programs will be presented along with the exhibition.

Proper, Improper and Heroic will explore the evolution of the depiction of women in Japanese art over the course of the 19th century, looking principally at woodblock prints. The exhibition will emphasize the changing historical context of the works presented, and look at the shifting perceptions of the function of images of women (and of women themselves) that came with the reopening of Japan to the outside world at the end of the Edo period. Diane Graham, visiting instructor in Asian art, will serve as guest curator for the exhibition.

The Buffalo Soldier will tell the story, primarily through photographs, of the first African-Americans to serve in the regular peacetime U.S. Army after the Civil War. These soldiers were involved in the Indian wars out West, but were also active in Cuba and the Philippines. The exhibition will take place during Black History Month.

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