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“All good art is political! There is none that isn’t. And the ones that try hard not to be political are political by saying, ‘We love the status quo.’ … I’m not interested in art that is not in the world.”
— Toni Morrison
We are living in a politicized time. Artists are often at the forefront of change in society and use their work to examine the current state of the human condition.
On February 22, Dan Donovan will show portraits from the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s print collection by artists from the 20th and 21st Centuries that were either politically motivated to make art or their art and lives were directly affected by the political movements of their time.
Topics addressed will be the rise of Fascism and Communism, the American Civil Rights Movement and the the Iraqi War, all told through the lives of the artists themselves. Some of the artists that will be shown are: Elizabeth Catlett, Charles White, David Siqueiros, Frank Big Bear and Francesco Clemente. Even Picasso will make an appearance.
There will be some strong images. Not all of the pieces will be political however, there will be some fun stuff, too.
Located in Herschel V. Jones Print Study Room at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
This is a free event. Please register in advance to reserve a place at the table. No walk ins will be accepted.