The Block Museum, Northwestern University, Evanston

The Block Museum recently acquired a piece from the Erased Lynching Series and included other works from the series in its is groundbreaking exhibition, A Site of Struggle which traveled to several venues.

“Originating at Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art  A Site of Struggle explored how artists have engaged with the reality of anti-Black violence and its accompanying challenges of representation in the United States over a 100 + year period.

Images of African American suffering and death have constituted an enduring part of the nation’s cultural landscape, and the development of creative counterpoints to these images has been an ongoing concern for American artists. A Site of Struggle 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 longer history of American art and visual culture. It foregrounds African Americans as active shapers of visual culture and highlights how art has been used to protest, process, mourn, and memorialize anti-Black violence.”

Find out more about The Block Museum here.

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