Art, Activism, Action – Panel at Black Matters Conference


Part of the University of Texas at Austin’s conference, Black Matters: The Futures of Black Scholarship and Activism

“Art, Activism, Action”
Convened by Professor Cherise Smith (Art History, University of Texas at Austin)
Thursday September 29 2016, 1:45 – 3:15pm
Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium, University of Texas at Austin

From heroic images of Black Lives Matter protestors to Emory Douglas’ drawings, made during his time as Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, visual art and culture has been and continues to operate at the intersection of political action and activism. Not afterthought nor decoration, visual representations are, instead, integral to social and political movements. This panel explores how artists employ a variety of strategies–from depicting individual demonstrators as possessing (supposed) superhuman power to portraying police officers as monolithic aggressors–to provoke viewers to act.

Panelists: Eddie Chambers (Art History, University of Texas at Austin); Rose Salseda (doctoral candidate, Art History, University of Texas at Austin); Shellyne Rodriguez (multidisciplinary artist); Respondent, Rebecca Giordano, Education and Visitors Services Coordinator for the Warfield Center Galleries.

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