Art and Social Conscience
Calling attention to sociopolitical issues and the need for change
A sequence of three exhibitions

Thursday, October 15-Saturday, November 21, 2020

Francis T. Eck Exhibition Corridor

A call to action; re-envisioning Americana: a more diverse, inclusive, and humane society

Renowned activist artist Hank Willis Thomas and photographer Emily Shur update and re-interpret Norman Rockwell’s iconic paintings representing Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech of 1941. In this landmark speech, the president articulated four basic human freedoms—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—as American core values and aspirations. In this photographic installation, Thomas and Shur redress the absence of multiple peoples and cultural narratives in Rockwell’s paintings, while opening up, exploring, and encouraging deeper discussion of what freedom in the 21st century is and can be.

Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur in collaboration with Eric Gottesman and Wyatt Gallery of For Freedoms
Freedom from Want, 2016-present (detail)
Digital print on PhotoTex
Courtesy of the artists and For Freedoms Federation

Discover More