UP IN ARMS
Up in Arms
We live in turbulent times, with protests occurring regularly as concerned citizens confront issues of gun violence, sexual harassment and violence against women, abuses of power by law enforcement, and frustrations with government officials. To some degree, this has always been the case, and artists are quick to participate and document the energy and activism of their times.
The works in this exhibition reveal historical and contemporary responses to individuals and crowds who have mobilized to draw attention to particular causes. Featured are three recent additions to the Museum’s permanent collection: Amber Boardman’s painting Pink March, which pictures the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. in 2017; a protest poncho designed by the Amsterdam-based design studio Experimental Jetset; and Aaron Skolnick’s 2015 drawing, I Am a Man, based on images from the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike.
AMBER BOARDMAN, Pink March, 2017, oil on polyester. Collection of the UK Art Museum, gift of the artist.
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