Current Exhibit

It started as a hashtag to promote justice for Trayvon Martin, a Black teenager who was murdered in Sanford, Florida.

Black Lives Matter has blossomed into a global social movement that is committed to combating racially motivated violence and police brutality. Black Lives Matter organizes protests, which aim for the legal accountability of people who commit racial violence, and drafts policy solutions to prevent future acts. Recently, the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Derek Chauvin, a white police offer from Minneapolis, has sparked international outrage. Protests erupted across the United States calling for the arrests of the four officers involved including Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao. Issues of police brutality and racially-charged violence were evident long before the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012. Recent events, including the murders of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and have pushed many to take to the streets to demand reform or abolition of the police and the arrest of all persons responsible for the deaths perpetrated against the Black community.

In June 2020, a group of eight Millbrook students gathered to create this exhibition. We began our work by reading a National Geographic article on photojournalism and the power of single image to shape the story of this movement. We expanded our research to other articles, videos, and new stories and saw a need to project Black voices, telling the story of these protests through the eyes and feelings of Black men and women.

Curatorial team members used the #HireBlackPhotographers hashtag and website to review images of the protests created by Black photographers. They carefully selected every photograph, deciding which ones would communicate the essence of and diversity within Black Lives Matter protests. Individually, everyone wrote didactics for their chosen photos. A variety of styles exist within this exhibition. Some didactics examine the technical aspects of the photo, others share the original Instagram captions, and still others offer lines from poems. Hosting this exhibition at our school demonstrates the power of young voices and leadership. This generation and its quest for a just America will not be stopped by tyrannical leaders nor resistant peers. We will instead thrive amid the undeniable need for change.

Exhibition introduction written by Aly Rosenzweig ’22
Millbrook School’s Warner Gallery is a professional gallery space located within the Holbrook Arts Center.

Each year the Warner Gallery hosts four major exhibitions. The academic year begins with Confluence, an annual faculty show, and closes with Holbrook Made, an exhibit of work by advanced students in the visual arts. Two additional exhibits during the school year feature art by established and emerging artists from across the country. These exhibitions have spanned traditional and new art forms, including drawing and painting, sculpture, photography, video art and animation, performance documentation, and interactive pieces. Millbrook’s students are the first and most important audience for the Warner Gallery programming. Exhibitions enrich and inspire curriculum in the arts department and beyond. Outside visitors are welcome to attend gallery receptions and to visit during normal business hours.

Collaboration and the Warner Gallery
Warner Gallery exhibitions often explore connections between the arts and other academic departments. Over the years members of Millbrook’s faculty in the history, English, science, math, and world language departments have created projects and opportunities for investigation that make the art in the gallery come alive. Students in art history classes have also served as guest curators.

The following is a list of some past exhibition highlights.
Gabriel García Román Queer Icons
Ron Haviv Testimony*
Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith Question Bridge: Black Males
Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick Truppe Fledermaus
Tanya Marcuse Undergarments and Armor
Alec Soth Somewhere*

*curated by Millbrook students in the Art History course in collaboration with the artist
The Warner Gallery is currently CLOSED to outside visitors.

Please contact Sarah MacWright with any questions regarding exhibits in the gallery at 845-677-8261 ext. 226 or smacwright@millbrook.org.

2019-2020 Exhibits

2018-2019 Exhibits

Warner Gallery Archives