A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence

by Janet Dees (Editor, Contributor), Sampada Aranke (Contributor), Courtney R. Baker (Contributor), Huey Copeland (Contributor), Leslie Harris (Contributor), LaCharles Ward (Contributor)

From the horrors of slavery and lynching to the violent suppression of civil rights struggles and recent acts of police brutality, targeted violence of Black lives has been an ever-present fact in American history. Images of African American suffering and death have constituted an enduring part of the nation’s cultural landscape, and the development of creative counterpoints to these images has been an ongoing concern for American artists.

Investigating the conceptual and aesthetic strategies artists have used to engage with the issue of anti-Black violence, 
A Site of Struggle highlights diverse works of art and ephemera from the post-Reconstruction period of the late nineteenth century to the founding of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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