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Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement

Detroit Institute of Arts

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Explore powerful artworks by African American artists who formed collectives during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. These collectives, made up of artists working together in distinct groups, created art specifically for African American audiences that asserted black identity and racial justice. This exhibition includes 34 paintings, sculptures, installations and photographs produced by artists working both collectively and independently to address social and political issues surrounding the Civil Rights Movement and today. The exhibition is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts and is in collaboration with Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Both are part of a community-wide reflection on the Detroit rebellion of 1967 that involves about 100 local institutions led by the Detroit Historical Society. Find out more about the ‘Art of Rebellion’ exhibition from the Detroit Institute of Arts’ exhibition.

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Malcolm X Speaks at a Rally in Harlem (at 115th St. & Lenox Ave.), New York, September 7, 1963 (1963), Adger Cowans. Courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts

Malcolm X Speaks at a Rally in Harlem (at 115th St. & Lenox Ave.), New York, September 7, 1963 (1963), Adger Cowans. Courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts

Three Queens (1971), Wadsworth Jarrel. Courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts

Three Queens (1971), Wadsworth Jarrel. Courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts

City Limits (1969), Philip Guston. Museum of Modern Art, New York

City Limits (1969), Philip Guston. Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Fire Next Time (1968), Vincent Smith. Courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts

The Fire Next Time (1968), Vincent Smith. Courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts

Ancestral Memory (1966), Hale Woodruff. Courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts

Ancestral Memory (1966), Hale Woodruff. Courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts

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