August 30, 2014, through December 14, 2014
Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties



Temporary Exhibitions, Hood Museum of Art second-floor galleries


Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties offers a focused look at painting, sculpture, graphics, and photography from a decade defined by social protest and American race relations. In observance of the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this exhibition considers how sixty-six of the decade's artists, including African Americans and some of their white, Latino, Asian American, Native American, and Caribbean contemporaries, used wide-ranging aesthetic approaches to address the struggle for racial justice.

This exhibition is curated by Teresa A. Carbone, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Kellie Jones, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.

Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and made possible by the Ford Foundation.

The exhibition’s presentation at the Hood Museum of Art was generously supported by Claire Foerster and Daniel S. Bernstein, Class of 1987; Kate and Yaz Krehbiel, Class of 1991, Thayer 1992; and the Leon C. 1927, Charles L. 1955, and Andrew J. 1984 Greenebaum Fund.

Exhibition Curator

Teresa A. Carbone | Kellie Jones

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Exhibition subject: Modern & Contemporary ArtUnited States & Canada