The 1960s were synonymous with widespread social, political and cultural change. People from all races and ethnicities took to the streets — and to the art studios — to make their voices heard. To mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Brooklyn Museum takes a rare look at how art interpreted and influenced the movement in Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties.
The Civil Rights movement ignited a generation of activists and artists. From Pop Art and Minimalism to abstraction, assemblage and photography, the exhibition embraces a diverse range of styles. Each of the 66 participating artists has put their creative stamp on the era’s political activism and demand for identity, equality and liberation.
Sections include Integrate/Educate; American Nightmare; Presenting Evidence; Politicizing Pop, Black is Beautiful; Sisterhood; Global Liberation; and Beloved Community.
Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties is on view at the Brooklyn Museum through July 6, 2014.