Civil / Rights / Act: Art and Activism in the 1960s
Civil /Rights / Act : Art and Activism in the 1960s. In observance of the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Brooklyn Museum is organizing Art and Activism in the 1960s, an exhibition of 75 paintings, sculptures and photographs created by 65 artists during the decade of the sixties.
Over the course of the 1960s, African American artists and a significant number of their white, Latino, Asian American, Native American and Caribbean counterparts addressed the struggle for racial justice in works that were wide-ranging in aesthetic approach. Bringing activism to bear in their practice of gestural and geometric abstraction, assemblage, Minimalism, Pop imagery, and photography, these artists created works informed by the experience of inequality, conflict, and empowerment. Allied with but distinct from the rising tide of popular imagery that underpinned fundamental shifts in racial awareness as the decadeprogressed, these objects represent the distillation of ideas and actions into forceful emblems of American identity and liberation.