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Art of Protest

Image: Danny Lyon American, b. 1942. The March on Washington, August 28, 1963 from the “Civil Rights Portfolio 1962-1964”, 1963. Gelatin silver print, printed in 2011, 11 x 14 in (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Museum purchase with support from the Curriculum Support Fund, McIntire Department of Art, and Vice Provost for the Arts, 2015.4.17. © Danny Lyon /licensed by Magnum Photos, New York

04/06/2018 to 08/05/2018
Curated by the University Museums Interns, under the guidance of M. Jordan Love, Academic Curator

Interns: Victoria Armstrong, Sarah Frost, Hannah Hecht, Hannah Hicks, Annalee Jackson, Aline Mullen, Sarah Russell, Meghan Smith, Zach Tauscher, Sarah Vanlandingham

Art of Protest highlights the ways in which artists have both documented and participated in the protests of the 20th century. Whether these protests were carried out in the streets or represented in subversive works of art, the objects displayed in this show reflect the struggle towards equality that characterized the mid-twentieth century. This exhibition displays photography featuring dynamic compositions of pivotal moments in time, including work by Danny Lyon, Ed Roseberry and Andy Warhol. Alongside these images of bodies in protest, the exhibition also displays objects that demonstrate artistic activism. This includes a pop-up book by Kara Walker and a sculpture by Melvin Edwards that both respond to America’s exploitation of enslaved labor. These objects merge visual expression with political activism, suggesting that art should confront viewers and inspire change. Through the comparison of documentary photographs and three-dimensional objects, the exhibition illuminates the role of art and artists in protest.

 

Art and Protest: A Student Panel and Exhibition Opening

Friday, April 6th

4:30 pm: Student presentations and panel in Campbell 160

6:00 pm: Reception at the Museum

Welcome by:

Jordan Love, Academic Curator and professor of the University Museums Internship class (Art History and GDS)

Presentations by:

• Students in Christa Robbins’s class Art and Activism (Art History), Emily Monaghan and Susannah Townes

• Student of Christa Robbins and former Fralin Museum intern, Charlotte Hennessy

• Student in the School of Architecture, Samuel Johnson, will show his redesign of Emancipation Park

• Members of the University Museums Internship class, Victoria Armstrong, Sarah Frost, Annalee Jackson, Meghan Smith, and Sarah Vanlandingham

• Other special guests

Presentations will be followed by a student panel discussion about what they have learned about the intersections of art, protest, monuments, and media in the wake of last August’s white nationalist rally and recent events, such as the Parkland School shooting.

 

The Fralin Museum of Art’s programming is generously supported by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. We also thank our in-kind donors: WTJU 91.1 FM and Ivy Publications LLC’s Charlottesville Welcome Book