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Necessary Force: Art in the Police State reflects an urgent need to speak to life in a society that is increasingly policed on many levels. By addressing the systemic forces that continue to undermine civil rights in our society, the curators and artists hope to encourage critical thinking and dialogue around the complex history of law enforcement and violence in the United States. The contemporary works in the exhibition address a range of issues including surveillance, incarceration, drug abuse, inadequate mental health care, gun violence, racial profiling, as well as the power of collective protest and collective healing. The exhibition also examines the role of photography in shaping public opinion as well as the longer-term matter of our shared history—how we come to know and remember it. The inclusion of seminal photographs documenting the civil rights movement from the museum’s own collection highlights the dialogue these contemporary artists are having with this powerful visual legacy. 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.
Participating artists: ASCO/Harry Gamboa, Josh Begley, Max King Cap, Nick Cave, Center for Tactical Magic, Nani Chacon, Mel Chin, Larry Clark, Melvin Edwards, Harun Farocki, Anita Luttrell Fields, Jacque Fragua, Nicholas Herrera, Laura Kurgan, Danny Lyon, Jeremy Mende, Charles Moore, Otabenga Jones & Associates, Trevor Paglen, David Reinfurt, Dread Scott, Hito Steyerl, LaShawnda Crowe Storm, David Taylor, Charlene Teters, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Tromp, William Karl Valentine, Nafis M. White, Bernard Williams, Andrew Wilson.
Note to New Mexico visitors: a thematically related exhibition is currently on display at The Monroe Gallery in Santa Fe until September 27: The Long Road: From Selma To Ferguson.
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.