“Are we there yet? Honoring Dr.M.L.King Jr.

Image by Karey Maurice

Last year I wrote about how Andy Warhol made his contribution towards the civil rights movement by creating the “Race Riot” series of paintings. I commend his efforts because I know for a fact that he certainly wasn’t going to visit Selma,Alabama or join the march on Washington,DC for he was far too busy in New York trying to defend his own position on contemporary art.
This brings to mind just how much has changed but also, how much has remained the same in terms of how we view the state of race in this post civil rights era known as the twenty first century.
Although the country has elected an African American to represent their idelic mentality concerning a pseudo utopic society we still suffer from a condition of exclusion, and a, “not in my back yard” or ” not at my dinner table” position.
The country couldn’t be any more divided than it is now using the political titles “Republican” and “Democrate” as if it is a social code used for describing caucasian people and people of color.
As I do more research into the cultural world of fine art (1800-1900) I discover that it was never really considered that African Americans would ever produce modern art.This creates a situation that becomes problematic for most art historians because the basis of their research is grounded in european’s creating art even though they borrowed and manipulated images from around the globe from other cultures. As I stated before in a earlier post, there’s a conscious disconnect between the ancient Africans and the post slave African American in this country that does a disservice to the entire world.
My dream is to see the day when there are art exhibitions that showcase contemporary art that is produced by all nationalities exhibited together and is discussed in its proper context,time and influence.