The exhibit contained a wide variety of works in a variety of media. Here are some of the ones that spoke to me the loudest.
|"Ku Klux Klan Rally, Atlanta, Georgia " (1962)|
by Bruce Davidson
|"City Limits" (1969) by Philip Guston|
|"Untitled (Standing Figure)" by|
|"New Kids in the Neighborhood (Negro in the Suburbs)" (1967)|
by Normal Rockwell
Norman Rockwell made an appearance in the show with his "New Kids in the Neighborhood (Negro in the Suburbs)." This illustration was created in 1967, four years after Rockwell left his job of 47 years at The Saturday Evening Post because the magazine would not print his work that pushed societal hot buttons. (The work was published in Look magazine, where Rockwell made his home after leaving the Post.) There is a sweetness in the natural curiosity between these two sets of children -- alike in so many ways yet differentiated by the color of their skin. The work leaves the viewer with a sense of hope that they might actually end up playing together after school.
The exhibit, which runs through July 13, is interesting and thought-provoking, and I wish I could go back for another visit. Shows like "Witness" and Ai Wei Wei's "According to What?" have made the Brooklyn Museum of Art my "go to" museum when I'm in New York. Check it out the next time you're in the City.