Art and Activism in the U.S.

Art and Activism in the U.S.: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Selections from the Permanent Collection
January 22 - April 14, 2013
Opening Reception:Saturday, January 26, 5-7 PM
  • Ben Shahn
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  • Kara Walker
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  • Hung Liu
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  • Wright Morris
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  • Robbie Conal
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  • Patrick Nagatani
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  • Robert Rauschenberg
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  • Rockwell Kent
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  • Charles White
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  • June Wayne
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  • Enrique Chagoya
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  • Fritz Scholder
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  • Sandow Bark
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  • Kim Abeles
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  • Sheila Pinkel
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  • Judith F. Baca

Many American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries have made their art work an integral part of their political activism. Some have created posters for specific campaigns, such as the election of political candidates or fund raising for civil rights organizations. Others have produced prints or paintings that speak to broader social or political issues, such as the pollution of the environment, the exploitation of agricultural and industrial workers, and racial intolerance. The images are sometimes direct and hard hitting, sometimes poetic and introspective. This exhibition contains a sampling of such works from the late 1920s to the present drawn primarily from the permanent collection of the Pomona College Museum of Art.

Curated by Frances Pohl, Dr. Mary Ann Vanderzyl Reynolds ’56 Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Art History, in conjunction with the art history seminar “Art and Activism.”


Art and Activism in the U.S. will travel to the following venue:

Parks Gallery at the Idyllwild Arts Academy
Idyllwild, California
February 7 - 28, 2014


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Wednesday, February 13, 7 PM
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Wednesday, February 20, 12:15 PM
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Wednesday, March 13, 10 AM
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Tuesday, March 26, 4:15 PM
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Wednesday, March 27, 12:15-2:30 PM
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Thursday, April 4, 4:15 PM
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Friday, April 5, 12 PM
Screening of Ben Harbert Film "Follow Me Down: The New Work of Louisiana Prison Song"More >
Thursday, April 18, 4:15 PM
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