Group Exhibition
25 January–10 July 2022

Melvin Edwards features in 'A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence'

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA

Group exhibition, ‘A Site of Struggle’ explores how artists have engaged with the reality of anti-Black violence and its accompanying challenges of representation in the United States over a period of 100 years.

The presentation takes a new approach to looking at the intersection of race, violence, and art by investigating the varied strategies American artists have used to grapple with anti-Black violence, ranging from representation to abstraction and from literal to metaphorical. The exhibition focuses on works created between the 1890s and 2013, situating contemporary artistic practice within a wider history of American art and visual culture. Foregrounding African Americans as active shapers of visual culture, ‘A Site of Struggle’ highlights how art has been used to protest, process, mourn, and memorialise anti-Black violence.

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