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Art This Week-Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties

At the Blanton Museum of Art
Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties
Evan Garza Interview
Episode 235-March 24, 2015

This week, we visit the Blanton Museum of Art and speak with Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Evan Garza, about the exhibition Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties on view at the museum through May 10, 2015.
In order to tell the story of Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, our video focuses on several of the artworks in the exhibition. Evan spoke about the scope of the exhibition and its importance for those artists included saying it makes “the argument that the Art that was being produced from that period was not only political but also belongs in a larger narrative about art history. So many of the artists in the exhibition have really been overlooked by the predominately white art historical canon of the last several decades and really makes the argument for the importance of African-American artists who were making work during this time.” We want to thank Evan for speaking with us about this important exhibition.

For more information:
Austin American-StatesmanExhibit spotlights artistic response to the civil rights movement by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Culture Map AustinDrop everything and go see the Blanton’s new exhibit, Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties by Katie Friel
Texas MonthlySix Must-Attend Events: February 13-19 by Michael Hoinski
Austin WayThe Blanton Museum Looks at the ’60s Civil Rights Movement by Wes Eichenwald
New York TimesBattle Lines for Changes by Holland Carter
Art in AmericaWitness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties by David Markus

Updated March 26, 2015 to correct an error in the video.

Blanton Museum of Art
200 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Austin, TX 78712

And thanks to Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden for letting us film in the garden!

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