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Necessary Force: Art in the Police State interrogates law enforcement’s longstanding history of violence, and the systemic forces in our history and our society that continue the violation of civil rights in this country. The contemporary artists in the exhibition address a range of issues including surveillance and imprisonment, poverty, police brutality, gun violence, racial profiling, as well as the power of collective protest and collective healing. The exhibition includes seminal photographs documenting the civil rights movement from the museum’s own collection. In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum will host a diverse program of public events with the participation of artists, scholars, law enforcement and local organizations to discuss some of the foremost civil rights issues facing our communities and nation today.
Artists in the show include Nick Cave, Max King Cap, Larry Clark, Danny Lyon, Ota Benga Jones, Mel Chin, Trevor Paglen, Josh Begley, Linda Kurgan, David Taylor, Dread Scott, Nani Chacon and Jaque Fragua and Lashawnda Crowe Storm, Bernard Williams, Charlene Teters, Tom Greyeyes, ARCO, Melvin Edwards and Hank Willis Thomas.
This exhibition represents the first display at the University of New Mexico Art Museum of sub-Saharan African arts drawn from a collection that is being gifted to the museum. The Mulvany Family Collection of African Art consists of stunning examples of West and Central African art works, which were carefully collected and meticulously maintained over a 30-year period. Although the principal objective is to introduce the Mulvany Family collection to our museum-going audiences, several African works from the collection of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology will also be included to highlight the larger presence of African art at the University of New Mexico. Exhibited objects include a variety of carved wooden masks, figures, and vessels, as well as examples of textile and metalwork. Photographs, maps, sketchbooks, video, and didactic text panels will round out the installation. An exhibition catalogue featuring the Mulvany Family Collection of African Art will be available and there will be a series of guest speakers and family programming throughout the fall semester.