ART Advocacy | SUMMER/FALL 2022 EXHIBITION: A SITE of STRUGGLE, AMERICAN ART AGAINST ANTI BLACK VIOLENCE

A SITE OF STRUGGLE:

American Art against Anti-Black Violence

August 12 through November 6, 2022


Overview

A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence explores how artists have grappled with the reality of anti-black violence and its accompanying challenges of representation. From the horrors of slavery and lynching, to the violent suppression of civil rights struggles, to recent acts of police brutality, targeted violence has been an ever-present fact of Black lives in the United States, and images of African American suffering and death have constituted an enduring part of the nation’s cultural landscape.

The exhibition and its companion publication will investigate the conceptual and aesthetic strategies artists and activists use to engage with the issue of anti-black violence, highlighting diverse works of art and ephemera from the late nineteenth century to the present day. A Site of Struggle includes artworks in modes from realism to abstraction, and in a range of mediums including photography, painting, sculpture, video, and sound and focuses, primarily, on the underexposed period between the beginning of anti-lynching campaigns in the 1890s and Emmett Till’s murder in 1955, as well as on works made between the 1970s and the founding of Black Lives Matter in 2013. This framing shows that grappling with anti-Black violence has been a consistent, not isolated, feature of American art. Works in the exhibition made after 2013 engage with historical events that happened prior to that date.

Above: Darryl Cowherd, Stop White Police from Killing Us — St. Louis, MO, about 1966–1967, gelatin silver print, 15×19 inches, © Darryl Cowherd, Image courtesy of the artist and the Museum of Contemporary Photography

The exhibition and its companion publication will investigate the conceptual and aesthetic strategies artists and activists use to engage with the issue of anti-black violence, highlighting diverse works of art and ephemera from the late nineteenth century to the present day.


A SITE OF STRUGGLE
American Art against Anti-Black Violence
August 12 through November 6, 2022
On view in the Atrium, Blackmon, Goldman, Richard, Rushton Stakely, and Weil Galleries

Artwork & Press | Courtesy of Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

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