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Final weekend of "Witness & Civil Rights in the 60s" exhibit @ Brooklyn Museum

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2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the signing into law of the Civil Rights Bill in the United States.

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This will be the final weekend of the Brooklyn Museum's exhibit "Witness & Civil Rights in the 60s." The exhibit features photographs, many of which were taken in 1963, chronicling events of the Civil Rights movement. Also the exhibit displays works in a variety of media that show how a variety of artists were influenced by what was going on in the country at the time. Highlights include:

* 1963 photo of firefighters aiming high pressure water hoses @ demonstrators in Birmingham, Alabama by Charles Moore

* 1963 photo of Julian Bond & members of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee in Georgia by Richard Avedon

* "The New Aunt Jemima" a 1964 work by Joe Overstreet.

Featured in an accompanying slideshow are other exhibit under the Brooklyn Museum's "#Activism" theme: "Ai Wei Wei: According to What?" through August 1. "Submerged Motherlands" by Brooklyn-based artist Caledonia D. Curry (aka Swoon) through August 24. The early (1963 - 74) works of Judy Chicago whose most famous piece-- "The Dinner Party" is on permanent view on the museum's fourth floor.

In a future article/slideshow to come, this writer will take a closer look at a 2013 work by Chinese dissident artist Ai Wei Wei. Entitled S.A.C.R.E.D., the work consists of 6 massive dioramas made of oxidized metal, wood, fiberglass, polystyrene and sticky tape. The scene portrayed in this series of dioramas are day-to-day scenes of his arrest by the Chinese government.

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