Billops Hatch Exhibition Catalog

Billops Hatch Exhibition Catalog

For more than 50 years, Camille Billops and James V. Hatch—as artists, teachers, and activists—have been stewards of African American history and memory. We created the catalog in association with an exhibition at Emory's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.

Editorial

Editorial

We structured the narrative of the catalog to open with a timeline of milestones in the lives of these two artists. Then, scholarly essays assessing their work and influence alternate with shorter reflections from those who collaborated with them. The catalog also is a call to arms, as it ends with a piece titled Action, which says: "The archives are worth exploring for clues to the past in order to assist us, in the present, in building a better future."


Design

Design

The visual strategy was to demonstrate our own artistry in combining the myriad elements of their richly lived lives: artwork Billops created, manuscripts Hatch wrote, flyers and posters about gallery openings and lectures, as well as photos of the pair together and alone. The challenge for the designer was to give this productive pair their full due, something that was possible only by having full access to their collection.