(DETROIT, MI) – As part of a city-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit riots, the Detroit Institute of Arts is presenting Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement from July 23 through October 22. The exhibition is free with museum admission, which is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.
The exhibition is organized by the DIA and is in collaboration with the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History, which organized the complementary exhibition Say It Loud: Art, History, Rebellion.
Both are part of a community-wide reflection on the Detroit riots of 1967 which involves about 100 local institutions led by the Detroit Historical Museum. Art of Rebellion has been generously supported by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Whitney Fund.
Art of Rebellion features 34 paintings, sculptures, and photographs, mostly by African American artists working both collectively and independently in the 1960s and 70s. Artists in the collectives created art for African American audiences which asserted black identity and racial justice and, situated within the story of these collectives, are the 1967 Detroit riots.
The exhibition also includes works by artists who were not part of a collective and artists working in later decades who were inspired by art from the Civil Rights Movement. A scholarly catalog accompanies the exhibition.
“The commemoration of the 1967 Detroit rebellion provides an opportunity to call attention to the talented and often overlooked artists who were reacting to the struggle for social, political and racial justice during the 1960s and 70s,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA director. “The DIA’s collaboration with the Wright Museum lays a foundation from which we are building a strategic and lasting working relationship that will help bring our community closer together.”
In conjunction with the exhibition, on July 29 beginning at 1:00pm and running into the evening, the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre presents a marathon screening of Detroit Home Movies, a year-long project to gather home movies from around 1967 that depict everyday life in Detroit’s diverse communities.
The films will run chronologically in 45 minute chapters, with a 12-minute break between each chapter. Families have been invited to talk about their movies while they run. The Crystal Gallery Café will remain open throughout the marathon.
The home movie project is a partnership of the DIA, Detroit Free Press, Charles H Wright Museum of African American History, Wayne State University’s Walter P Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs, the Detroit Historical Society, and Bridge magazine.
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