Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties at the Brooklyn Museum – New York

Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties at the Brooklyn Museum – New YorkArt and Civil Rights in the Sixties at the Brooklyn Museum – New YorkArt and Civil Rights in the Sixties at the Brooklyn Museum – New York

March 7, 2014 through July 6, 2014

– Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties considers how sixty-six painters, sculptors, graphic designers and photographers working during the 1960s, particularly African Americans including Benny Andrews, Sam Gilliam, David Hammons, Barkley L. Hendricks, Jae Jarrell, Norman W. Lewis and Moneta Sleet Jr. but also many of their non-African American contemporaries such as Robert Indiana and even Norman Rockwell, used  their work to address the struggle for racial justice in America during a decade defined by social protest. Documenting this period of dramatic social and cultural upheaval, the exhibition demonstrates artists utilizing a wide-range of aesthetic approaches from gestural and geometric abstraction to assemblage, Minimalism to Pop and imagery to photography, yet all imbuing their work with equal parts politics and militancy, originating subjects that speak to resistance and self-definition, aligning themselves with the massive campaign of activism to end discrimination and using their creative works as acts of protest.

Made possible by loans from leading arts institutions around the country, among the notable paintings featured in the display are Robert Indiana’s, “The Confederacy: Alabama,” (1965), Norman Rockwell’s, “New Kids in the Neighborhood (Negro in the Suburbs),” (1967), Norman W. Lewis’s, “Untitled (Alabama),” (1967), Benny Andrews’s, “Witness,” (1968), Philip Guston’s, “City Limits,” (1969), Barkley L. Hendricks’s, “Lawdy Mama,” (1969) and Sam Gilliam’s, “Red April,” (1970). Other exceptional selections include the sculptural constructions, “Urban Wall Suit,” (1969) by Jae Jarrell and, “The Door (Admissions Office),” (1969) by David Hammons as well Moneta Sleet Jr.’s photographs of Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and other icons of the civil rights movement captured during the Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights in 1965.

 

“Lawdy Mama” (1969) - Barkley L. Hendricks

“Lawdy Mama” (1969) – Barkley L. Hendricks

“New Kids in the Neighborhood (Negro in the Suburbs)” (1967) - Norman Rockwell

“New Kids in the Neighborhood (Negro in the Suburbs)” (1967) – Norman Rockwell

"Rosa Parks, Dr. and Mrs. Abernathy, Dr. Ralph Bunche, and Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leading Marchers into Montgomery" (1965)  - Moneta Sleet Jr.

“Rosa Parks, Dr. and Mrs. Abernathy, Dr. Ralph Bunche, and Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leading Marchers into Montgomery” (1965) – Moneta Sleet Jr.


 

 

Official Exhibition Site

 

BROOKLYN MUSEUM

200 EASTERN PARKWAY

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK 11238-6052

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Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties

 

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