Lest We Forget: The Voice of Art

  • Apr 12, 2009 – Jul 19, 2009
Lewis W. Hine, "Adolescent Spinner in Carolina Cotton Mill", 1909,
gelatin silver, 5 x 7 in. Museum purchase, 1977.

In Spring 2005, the Weatherspoon mounted a small but compelling exhibition entitled Artists and Civil Rights. The exhibition, then organized by Curator of Exhibitions Ron Platt, helped to illustrate the breadth of the Weatherspoon's collection in an area that touches deeply upon our collective past.

Freedom, equality, and opportunity for all are core notions that artists today continue to value as important material for public discourse. New ideas about social, economic and environmental equity, along with sustainable practices, are changing the way that education, science, and even design address what we consider to be the rights of all.

Within this context, Lest We Forget: The Voice of Art expands upon the original exhibition, both conceptually and through the inclusion of some more recent acquisitions.

Alfred Stieglitz's 1911 photogravure The Steerage depicts upper and lower classes of travelers to the United States. Other works, such as Joyce Scott's Boy with Gun, David Spear's photograph of vagabonds, and Waiting in Line, #21 by Anthony Hernandez all speak to the consequences of poverty, and Ana Mendieta's photograph from her Silueta series speak to gendered concerns.


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