Two important exhibitions I longed to see at Atlanta’s High Museum have now traveled to The Bronx Museum, both on view through August 11, 2010.
On Saturday April 10th there are free programs (1-4 pm). From the events webpage:
“Enjoy an afternoon of workshops and guided tours of our two exhibitions celebrating the Civil Rights Movement: Road to Freedom and After 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy.
Bring the entire family and participate in an series of hands-on activities related to this important history.
FRIDAY MAY 14, 7:00pm
North Building—2nd Floor
The Bronx Museum presents a conversation with three of the artists featured in the After 1968 exhibition. Deborah Grant, Leslie Hewitt, and Adam Pendleton will address their personal understandings of the civil rights movement, race, identity, American violence, and political activism today. Sergio Bessa, Bronx Museum Director of Programs, will moderate the discussion.
THE ROAD TO FREEDOM: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movemement, 1956-1968 is on view throught August 11, 2010
About the exhibition, from the website:
During the span of twelve years, a series of events, later hailed as the Civil Rights Movement, would forever change the social and political course of America. The Bronx Museum of the Arts presents Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956–1968, an exhibitions that chronicling these pivotal moments in the nation’s history. Featuring 150 vintage photographs, Road to Freedom is the most comprehensive collection of photographic prints and related artifacts ever devoted to the subject and was organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.
AFTER 1968 is on view through August 11, 2010 and includes work by the following artists:
OTABENGA JONES & ASSOCIATES
HANK WILLIS THOMAS
From the website:
“As a complement to Road to Freedom, The Bronx Museum will also present AFTER 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy. This smaller exhibition includes works from seven African-American, emerging artists and collectives—all born on or after 1968—who have created new work examining the heritage of the Civil Rights Movement and its affect on the lives of this new generation. Using the movement as inspiration, context or critique, these artists address their own personal understanding of race, identity, American violence, and political activism providing new perspectives on and discourse about this critical time in the history of the United States”