Andrea Bowers, Rico Gatson, Eric Gottesman, Guerilla Girls, Monica Lundy & Walter Maciel, Gordon Parks, Shane Aslan Selzer, CMA Permanent Collection
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Art & Activism: Drawing the Line looks at art as a form of activism and considers different aesthetic strategies that artists have used to address the politically urgent questions of their time. The artists included in the exhibition draw from the emergence of protests and use contemporary art to rethink conventions of gender, sexuality, immigration and race.
Central to this exhibition is the study of ways in which artists have used visual representation to engage audiences beyond the art world. Conversely, these artists have also considered different modes of activism to question, protest, and engage within the institutions of art and use their work to produce evidence of inspirational activism, commentaries on injustice and as tools to prompt social change. These artists question the status quo, record and reflect protest, as well as injustices and hardship, drawing attention to the need for change. We, as the viewers, bear witness to this documentation and hopefully become encouraged to act.
Top Image: Andrea Bowers, Les Répondeuses, 2014, Marker on cardboard sourced from the Louis Vuitton Champs-Elysées store