Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation

1-2021

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Fine Arts

Degree Program

Art (Creative) and Art History with a concentration in Critical and Curatorial Studies, MA

Committee Chair

Reitz, Christopher

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Holaday, Jill

Committee Member

Holaday, Jill

Committee Member

Olinger, Andre

Author's Keywords

Black aesthetics; witness and testimony; role of race

Abstract

This thesis is a visual examination of the relationship of community to output of black artists, inspired by the Social Justice movement of 2020. It was important to note the impact on artistic output of community and environment that influenced each artist. This thesis looks at the work of two artists that grew up in the 1930s and launched their This thesis looks at the work of two artists that grew up in the 1930s and launched their Rights era of the 1960s began their artistic careers during the 1980s; and two artist that were born during the 1960s Civil rights era, and began their artistic journey in the 1990s and 2000s. Rather than simply speak to their aesthetic, this thesis and the ensuing exhibition seeks to look investigate how the communities in which each artist grew, informed, and influenced how they approached and responded to the events of 2020 that lead to the social justice protest of 2021, as well as how artist responded in the past to injustices and misrepresentation of black in America. This thesis will serve as the catalog for the exhibition of the works referenced for the public to the visual exhibition of the collectiveapproach of six artists from different communities and periods, using different media.

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