Witness Voices is a companion site to the exhibition Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, on view at the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin from February 15 through May 10, 2015. Visitors to this site can voice opinions about the exhibition, discover additional resources, and take part in an ongoing conversation about art of the civil rights era. This site also aggregates conversations about Witness taking place around the web. Posts on popular social networks tagged with #WitnessVoices will be collected here.
Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties offers a powerful look at artwork from a decade defined by dramatic and violent social and political change. The exhibition presents nearly 100 works of art informed by experiences of anguish, inequality, conflict, empowerment, community, and activism in the wake of racial discrimination. The more than 60 artists featured in the show include Richard Avedon, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Philip Guston, David Hammons, Barkley Hendricks, Robert Indiana, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Rauschenberg, Faith Riggold, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, Charles White, and Jack Whitten: a diverse group of artists who used wide-ranging aesthetic approaches to address the struggle for civil rights in America.
Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and made possible by the Ford Foundation.
Generous funding for this exhibition at the Blanton is provided by Jeanne and Michael Klein with major support from Alec Rhodes and additional gifts from Chase, Nancy and Bob Inman, Melissa Jones, Regina Rogers in memory of Jack S. Blanton, Sr., the Texas Commission on the Arts, and a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In-kind support for the Witness Voices website is provided, in part, by Zapier.