Artists and Civil Rights

  • Jan 9, 2005 – Mar 6, 2005
Installation view: Weatherspoon Art Museum, 2005.

In anticipation of the opening of Greensboro’s International Civil Rights Center and Museum later this year, the Weatherspoon has organized an exhibition from the permanent collection that addresses core notions of freedom, equality, and opportunity for all. Artists and Civil Rights includes more than twenty prints, drawings, sculptures, photographs, and unique mixed media works made between 1909 and the present.

Individual works mark events or periods in our country’s civil rights history that celebrate achievement, protest racism and intolerance, or call attention to specific issues and events. Mel Chin’s Fan Club (1994) is a multimedia sculpture created in memory of Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American man killed by two white men in a racially motivated attack. Elizabeth Catlett’s woodcut print, Sharecropper (1952), conveys the dignity and strength of a tenant farmwoman despite many years of harsh life. Adolescent Spinner in Carolina Cotton Mill, 1909, is one of Lewis Hine’s historical photographs that documented the working and living conditions of Southern youth prior to child labor reform.

To demonstrate the breadth that issues of civil rights play in almost every area of contemporary life, professors and students at UNCG were invited to write about selected works. The resulting collection of personal response labels will accompany the works; they convey the diversity of perspectives in our community and hopefully will assist viewers to engage in a discussion about issues that still loom on our cultural landscape.

We have six galleries located on the first and second levels of the museum, view our gallery map.