Four Artists Participate in "Necessary Force: Art in the Police State"

Sep 11 2015 - Dec 12 2015


UNM Art Museum
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM




Visual Arts

Necessary Force: Art in the Police State reflects an urgent need to speak to life in a society that is increasingly policed on many levels. By addressing the systemic forces that continue to undermine civil rights in our society, the curators and artists hope to encourage critical thinking and dialogue around the complex history of law enforcement and violence in the United States. The contemporary works in the exhibition address a range of issues including surveillance, incarceration, drug abuse, inadequate mental health care, gun violence, racial profiling, as well as the power of collective protest and collective healing. The exhibition also examines the role of photography in shaping public opinion as well as the longer-term matter of our shared history—how we come to know and remember it. The inclusion of seminal photographs documenting the civil rights movement from the museum’s own collection highlights the dialogue these contemporary artists are having with this powerful visual legacy. In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum will host a diverse program of public events with the participation of artists, scholars, law enforcement and local organizations to discuss some of the foremost civil rights issues facing our communities and nation today. Includes Creative Capital artists Mel Chin, Otabenga Jones, Dread Scott and Nick Cave

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