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Art Ready selected works form the Mentorship Program
JUNE 24 - AUGUST 6, 2017
Race and Revolution: Still Separate - Still Unequal
Curated by Kathryn Fuller and Larry Ossei-Mensah
Since the inception of Black Lives Matter in 2013, the American population has been reflecting on what exactly has happened after the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s-60s. That word “after” is part of the conundrum that surrounds our present-day conversation around race and racism. The art exhibition Race and Revolution: Still Separate - Still Unequal is the second show in a series of exhibitions aiming to bring the conversation of race and racism from the past into the present. The first exhibition, Race and Revolution: Exploring Human Injustices Through Art, occurred on Governor’s Island during the summer of 2016. The second installment seeks to examine ongoing racial and economic disparity in the U.S. public school system.
UCLA’s Civil Rights Project of 2014--the year that marked the sixtieth anniversary of the defining U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown V. Board of Education which ruled segregated schools as unconstitutional--showed an increase in school segregation. How has this happened, and how can we use art to push the conversation into the public discourse in a new and provocative way? What has changed/what remains the same since 1954? How does inequality impact all of us? With the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education, questions regarding what constitutes a public school, where public money is allocated, and who has access to a quality education are being aggressively debated.
Race and Revolution: Still Separate - Still Unequal is putting out an open call to emerging artists of all media whose work relates to and engages in conversation with the themes related to the challenges of racial and economic disparity in the U.S. education system.