Inequality and Social Justice in a Changing World

  • Mar 22, 2014 – Jun 22, 2014
  • The Gregory D. Ivy Gallery, The Weatherspoon Guild Gallery
Marion Post Wolcott, "Tenant Farmer’s Children, Younger one with
Rickets from Malnutrition; Poor, eroded land the result of cotton-tobacco
culture. Wadesboro, North Carolina", 1938 (printed c. early 1980s),
gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 in. Museum purchase with funds from the
Laura Weill Cone Acquisition Endowment, 2010.

Social injustice has long motivated artists to create works of art as a form of protest and social commentary. The images in this exhibition, all from the museum's permanent collection, speak volumes about the conditions of the working class, disparities in global wealth and power, and the rights of women and ethnic groups in the modern world. Although not all the artists included would consider themselves activists, their artwork at minimum questions the traditional boundaries and hierarchies of culture as represented by those in power.

Museum staff members and professors in the Department of Sociology are collaborating to use these original artworks to encourage critical thinking and discussion among UNCG students and the larger museum community. Organized in conjunction with the Department of Sociology's Centennial Anniversary, the exhibition and its related programming will offer opportunities to explore these critical societal issues.

Related program:

Noon @ the 'Spoon • Tue Apr 8 @ 12pm

Please check back in 2014 for additional programs.

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