On view August 13 through November 6, A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence will deeply consider how art has been used to protest, process, mourn and memorialize racially motivated attacks against African Americans. Organized by The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, the exhibition includes more than 50 works in a wide range of media that span more than a century.
“Montgomery, Alabama, is a city with a deep civil rights history that currently acts as a national and international forum on racial injustice. Since the 1980s, the MMFA has offered exhibitions and programs meant to push the institution in the direction of diversity and inclusion. More recently, the MMFA has aligned its priorities to address engagement and sustainability along with the Museum’s new diversity, equity, access, and inclusion (DEAI) initiatives,” said Angie Dodson, MMFA’s director.
Conceived in 2016, A Site of Struggle takes a new approach to looking at the intersection of race, violence and art by examining how American artists have grappled with anti-Black violence from the anti-lynching campaigns of the 1890s to the founding of Black Lives Matter in 2013. The current national reckoning on racial violence continues to inform this project.
Attached to this email is the complete press release; using the link provided here, you can access images of the works of art included in the release. Local staff as well as the curator of this exhibition, Janet Dees, the Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum curator of modern and contemporary art at The Block, are available for interviews—via phone/internet before the opening as well as in person at the opening on Saturday, August 13.
WHAT: A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence
WHEN: August 13 through November 6, 2022
WHERE: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park
One Museum Drive
Montgomery, AL 36117
Galleries, Mondays, Closed
Sculpture Garden, Tuesdays–Sundays, 10 AM–5 PM
Terrace, and Store: Last entry at 4:45 PM
ADMISSION: Free entry with ample, free parking.