Opening Saturday, April 23rd, from 12:30PM - 1:30PM
On view through Sunday, July 10th
Today’s program is offered by A Site of Struggle community advisors, Tiffany McDowell, Director, and LeAnn Jenkins, Learning Development Manager, from the YWCA Evanston/Northshore’s Equity Institute.
Exhibition Gallery Talks are offered monthly by Block Museum staff, Northwestern faculty and students, or community leaders in Evanston to explore and discuss the questions and ideas raised in A Site of Struggle.
Program participants are invited to tour the exhibition independently before or after the seated program. Discussion will center respectful participation and shared learning. Advance registration is required.
About the Exhibition
How has art been used to protest, process, mourn, and memorialize anti-Black violence within the United States?
Originating at Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art A Site of Struggle explores how artists have engaged with the reality of anti-Black violence and its accompanying challenges of representation in the United States over a 100 + year period.
Images of African American suffering and death have constituted an enduring part of the nation’s cultural landscape, and the development of creative counterpoints to these images has been an ongoing concern for American artists. A Site of Struggle takes a new approach to looking at the intersection of race, violence, and art by investigating the varied strategies American artists have used to grapple with anti-Black violence, ranging from representation to abstraction and from literal to metaphorical. The exhibition focuses on works created between the 1890s and 2013—situating contemporary artistic practice within a longer history of American art and visual culture. It foregrounds African Americans as active shapers of visual culture and highlights how art has been used to protest, process, mourn, and memorialize anti-Black violence.